To see more about the Museum of Fine Arts Campus Expansion visit the project page here.
To see more about the Glassell School of Art, completed in 2018, as a part of the Museum of Fine Arts Campus Expansion visit the project page here.
“cold jacket” of glass tubes reduces solar gain by 70%
natural light to all spaces
shaded loggias at grade
sited to preserve all Live Oak trees
- Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl (principal)
Chris McVoy (design architect)
Olaf Schmidt (senior associate)
Filipe Taboada (project architect)
Rychiee Espinosa, Yiqing Zhao, Lourenzo Amaro de Oliveira, Garrick Ambrose, Xi Chen, Carolina Cohen Freue, JongSeo Lee, Vahe Markosian, Elise Riley, Christopher Rotman, Yun Shi, Alfonso Simelio, Dimitra Tsachrelia, Yasmin Vobis, Yiqing Zhao (project team)
- Kendall / Heaton Associates
- Guy Nordenson & Associates
- Cardno Haynes Whaley
- L'Observetoire International
- Venue Cost Consultants
- Knippers Helbig
Michael J. Lewis, The Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2020 “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.”
Gary Tinterow, Director of MFAH, September 2020 "In the dynamic spaces that Steven Holl Architects has designed for the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, our distinctive holdings of modern and contemporary art will soon have the showcase they deserve."
Natilee Harren, "Better Faster, Stronger, Kinder" Art Forum, December 17, 2020 "The gaps between the curved planes let in just the right amount of soft radiance, a theme carried throughout the building’s lighting concept, which for the most part achieves a warm elegance."
Jack Murphy, "A Beautiful Series of Tubes" Rice Design Alliance, November 20, 2020 "The exterior is the most innovative and compelling part of the building. It advances a dialogue of "complementary contrast" with the two existing buildings: Distinct from Mies’s thin transparency (1958/1974) and Moneo’s thick opacity (2000), Holl’s scheme explores thick translucency. . . . The overall effect conceals the true size of the building and provides a repetitive, convex, muted façade that’s refreshingly abstract."
Illya Azaroff, FAIA, 2021 AIA New York State President "Every year the jury selects one project that they agree stands out above all the others. . . The jury felt that the form is inventive and seductive and material expression lucent and cogent. Site relationships to its neighbors are well considered and clear and the circulation through the museum is intuitive. The exterior provides a beacon in the center of the arts district. It showcases innovative thinking about topography and lightness." - Illya Azaroff, FAIA, 2021 AIA New York State President