Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at

October 10, 2021

This Zero-Energy Museum Proposal Will Be One of the First of Its Kind in South Korea

Architecture firms UNStudio and DA Group have emerged as the winners of a design contest for the new Chungnam Art Museum in Naepo, South Korea. The winning proposal is a zero-energy museum—one of the first of its kind in the country—that would act as a cultural and sustainability hub for the city. The museum proposal’s mission of “art for all” is supported by a design that blends art and technology.

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October 2, 2021

Historic 1930s Sea Pool Is Getting a Dramatic Redesign Resembling a Topographic Map

The historic Knubben harbor bath in Arendal, Norway, will soon undergo a dramatic redesign that's a bit different than a traditional restoration. Design firm Snøhetta has released images of a contemporary and elegant stepped landscape that will breathe new life into the original 1937 design by Ketil Ugland. The original harbor bath has long remained closed but once included public amenities such as a children’s pool, changing facilities, and a 33’ foot diving platform.

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September 25, 2021

Transit Hub Designed With Dramatic Sweeping Roof To Shape Flow of Travelers and City Life

The Swedish city of Västerås will soon be more connected than ever thanks to Bjarke Ingels Group’s latest infrastructure project. Known as the Västerås Travel Center, it will act as a city center as well as a massive transportation hub for the metropolis, uniting the area both physically—with more accessible transit—and symbolically—everything is placed in a contemporary single-roof building.

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September 19, 2021

Architects Design a Senegalese Hotel Resort Built Around the Local Baobab Trees

A proposal for a hotel resort in Dakar, Senegal, is taking inspiration from the local culture to elegantly integrate with the surrounding landscape of massive baobab trees. Called La Reserve, the design was created by architecture firm SAOTA and has just been named a finalist in the World Architecture Festival (WAF) 2021. The hotel is designed to seamlessly blend into the surrounding landscape instead of trying to compete with the natural beauty of the area.

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