Wall Street Journal, “A Triumphant, User-Friendly Addition”

“Steven Holl Architects’ Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is a thoughtfully designed statement building that fully integrates with the museum’s other structures.

For inspiration, Steven Holl and his design partner Chris McVoy revisited their groundbreaking Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. While that was a stately procession of luminous glass pavilions, the Kinder Building offers only a single colossal form, its triangular site determining its angular shape. Mr. Holl’s challenge was to break up what would otherwise be a monolithic mass. His solution was to slice seven deep notches into the building, breaking it up into pavilion-like blocks, each corresponding to a suite of galleries inside. This profusion of openings is pleasantly welcoming in character, and is made more so by the pools and plantings that make each of these cuts a miniature garden.

As a place for viewing art, and in terms of sheer sensational impact, the Kinder is a triumph. It is impressive by day or night, adroitly integrated into its site, and—best of all—designed with special consideration for the ease and comfort of its users.”

– Michael J. Lewis

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