“An architectural masterpiece … It may only be a building, but it magnifies the moment.”
The new addition is distinctively different but in harmony with the existing museum.
The transition between the original classically-inspired building is a soaring conservatory with a glass roof and spacious windows facing the Bay. From this 30-foot-high, cathedral-like space, visitors move into the formal two-story wing, which includes galleries, classrooms, meeting areas and an art library.
The “crystal,” natural light-filled conservatory opens up the new wing to the bay, with the shell-encrusted concrete walls and marble floor complementing the beauty of the coastal waterfront site.
The gallery space is purposefully understated.
“In a museum, I want to feel I’m in a space where it’s special, but in the galleries, I want art to dominate,” HOK designer Yann Weymouth said in a Tampa Tribune article. “We wanted to make the design invisible against the art.”
39,000 sq. ft. / 3,625 sq. m.
Building of America Network – Building of America Award
20 April 2012
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