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Museums court the crowds using plazas as architectural attractions

from Globe and Mail

You can step on the tiles. They're custom-made, and owned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, but these parallelograms of porcelain are fully meant to be walked upon: They define the ground of the Sackler Courtyard, which opened this summer along London's Exhibition Road. Located in the heart of London's museum quarter (or "Albertopolis"), the $87.4 million project by Amanda Levete Architects signals a new spirit in museum design: This is an architecture of openness and inclusivity, a building that deliberately reaches out to embrace the city. more

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