Snøhetta’s new building for San Francisco MOMA

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has released the first images of Snøhetta’s near-complete extension building showing its striated facadeand atrium.

The 235,000-square-foot (21,832 square metres) addition sits behind the institution’s Postmodern Mario Botta-designed home and will more than double the museum’s footprint.

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The new building’s distinctive facade is made of fiberglass-reinforced polymer panels punctuated by horizontal band windows. Its form contrasts with Botta’s patterned masonry and regular geometries.

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“It’s like having a dance partner,” Snøhetta founder Craig Dykers told Dezeen. “You don’t want to be exactly like them, as you’ll step on each other’s feet all the time. A good dance partner is someone who has their own personality and can move freely together with you.”

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The rippled surface of the panels was inspired by San Francisco’s foggy weather and surrounding waters, according to the architects.

The 10-storey museum building includes events spaces, a flexible theatre, education and conservation centres, a library and archives, administrative offices, and 100,000-square-feet (9,290 square metres) of galleries distributed over five floors in the middle of the building.

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The free admission, glass-fronted ground floor gallery will open with a presentation of monumental sculptures by Richard Serra.

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The facility will also include an outdoor sculpture garden with a living wall with 16,000 plants, including many native species.

In 2013, the architects revealed the design for a monumental staircase that will link the Botta building with the new addition.

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The Mario Botta building opened in 1995 and is considered a late and controversial example of Postmodernism.

Dykers defended the merits of the earlier building.  “It was a meteorite landing on the site. It did what it needed to do,” he said.

Botta told Dezeen the design for the new building resembled a “mute wall, an enlarged wardrobe.” He added, “I hope the accomplished work will be better and prove me wrong.”

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The museum also announced an official opening date of May 14, 2016. Snøhetta was selected for the project in 2010, beating Adjaye Associates, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and Foster + Partners. The projectbroke ground in May 2013.

Snøhetta is currently working on a number of projects in the West Coast including a new public market building in Portland, Oregon and a a river walk in Willamette Falls, Oregon.

Read more at Dezeen

 

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