This competition winning addition is composed of five interconnected structures as opposed to a single massive expansion. Traversing from the existing building across its sculpture park, the five built "lenses" form new spaces and angles of vision. From the movement through the landscape and threaded between the light openings, exhilarating new experiences of the existing Museum will be formed. Circulation and exhibition merge as one can look from one level to another, from inside to outside. The "meandering" path in the sculpture garden above has its sinuous compliment in open flow through the continuous level of new galleries. Glass lenses bring different qualities of light to the galleries while the sculpture garden's pathways wind through them.
All materials zero or low-VOC emittanceTerrazzo floor specified with recycled glass aggregateGallery floors comprised of FSC-certified woodLocal, precast and cast-in-place concrete constitutes more than 30% overall building materialExisting central plant refitted with new energy efficient equipmentLens constructed of a double skin glass assembly with Okalux translucent insulation to provide 75% natural light to all spaces while minimizing heat gain in the summerLens pressurized air cavities conditioned with building’s exhaust air