ArchDaily | Broadcasting Architecture Worldwidethe world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

h

Nominate now the Building of the Year 2017 »

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Museum
  4. United States
  5. Rick Mather
  6. 2010
  7. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW

  • 01:00 - 16 August, 2011
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW, © Bilyana Dimitrova Photography
© Bilyana Dimitrova Photography

© Tippy Tippens © Bilyana Dimitrova Photography © Bilyana Dimitrova Photography © Rick Mather Architects +15

After an international field of competitors, Rick Mather Architects were selected to masterplan and design a large addition and renovation to the 65 year old Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. This marks the office's first major commission in the United States. SMBW Architects, a Richmond-based firm, were collaborators on the project.

© Bilyana Dimitrova Photography
© Bilyana Dimitrova Photography

The expansion adds more than 9300m² to the existing 22300m²  building. The additional program includes a large sculpture garden, extensive new galleries, educational facilities, restaurant, cafe, library, administrative offices, and a landscaped, terraced parking deck.

© Bilyana Dimitrova Photography
© Bilyana Dimitrova Photography

The goal of the addition was to open up the main building to the city and provide extensive new space to the museum's art collections. The museum features two floors of permanent collection galleries in the new five level glass and limestone entrance wing. These include American art from the James W and Frances G McGlothlin collection and the J Harwood and Louise B Cochrane Fund, the museum's twenty-first century collection, and one of the countries leading collections of art from India, Nepal, and Tibet. The space also accommodates international travelling shows in the dedicated temporary exhibition gallery level.

© Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
© Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Glass Bridges across the central atrium space link the new wing to the existing building, acting as a main street that connects new and old. The renovation to the existing building includes a new education center, and the reconfiguration of existing galleries housing the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collections of Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modern and Contemporary American art, and the Museum's Ancient Art Collection.

Section 02
Section 02
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW" 16 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/157881/virginia-museum-of-fine-arts-rick-mather-smbw/>
Read comments

31 Comments

A.L. · July 30, 2012

I just visited the building. I think it works very well with the rest of the museum campus. Wonderful.

JillianReneDecor · August 18, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW | ArchDaily http://t.co/jkQH2fg via @archdaily

MATTER L3C · August 18, 2011

Photographs by Tippy included in this great article on the SMBW expansion by Rick Mather + SMBW.... http://t.co/VUZ1BC7

Zgthlka · August 18, 2011

Hard to imagine a less inspired design. Looks like an office building for some corporate software distributor.

Arkitektinn · August 18, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/YaqYOng #architecture

Virginia Museum · August 17, 2011

RT @ric_yaif: The @vmfa by Rick Mather and #RVA&#39s own @smbwarchitects is featured on the @ArchDaily website. How cool! http://t.co/u0fzWdO

robin e corsino · August 17, 2011

“@ArchDaily: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/x28OUGB #architecture” I read Vagina museum.

Santi Maggio Savasta · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/fyTVdaH #Architecture #Architettura

Don O'Keefe · August 17, 2011

A triumph for the city and an intelligent design

Intersections · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/YaqYOng #architecture

Sandeep Nicha · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW | ArchDaily http://t.co/YghkNos via @archdaily

Erik Joya · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: © Bilyana Dimitrova Photography Architects… http://t.co/N8OgUhx

Sophie Fergeson · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mather Architects, SMBW Location: Richmond, ... http://t.co/p901phZ

ArchitecturePassion · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: © Bilyana Dimitrova PhotographyArchitects: Rick Mather ... http://t.co/jWBSGyG

Architype Review · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mather Architects, SMBW Location: Richmond, ... http://t.co/whbAKvE

arch_related · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: © Bilyana Dimitrova PhotographyArchitects: Rick Mather Archit... http://t.co/P1GiGIN

cajadesastre · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mather Architects, SMBW Locati... http://t.co/4qBSGdK #architecture

@ArchiStream · August 17, 2011

via @archdaily Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/MTAm8Sn #Architecture

Adam will · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mather Architects, SMBW Location: Richmond, ... http://t.co/b5uz59D

Safia Baroudi · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/YkPDzPd

Renato Papa · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mather Architects, SMBW Location: Richmond, ... http://t.co/WACF0uJ

Architekt R V Scholz · August 17, 2011

#architekt #Cottbus Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mat... http://t.co/wHEnQYg #in http://dy.cx/c03

iarkitecture · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW http://t.co/WhDsis3 /v @archdaily

GR2TF · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: © Bilyana Dimitrova PhotographyArchitects: Rick Mather Archit... http://t.co/yHf2e7z

YAiF Richmond · August 17, 2011

The @VMFA by Rick Mather and #RVA&#39s own @smbwarchitects is featured on the @ArchDaily website. How cool is that?... http://t.co/6kjkEo8

julian gomez · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW | ArchDaily http://t.co/gtnGt3R vía @archdaily

Adhie Indreswara · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW via ArchDaily - © Bilyana Dimitrova ... http://t.co/bLusRNn

Barry Maguire · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW via ArchDaily - © Bilyana Dimitrova ... http://t.co/udDqtyw

Architecture+Molding · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: Architects: Rick Mather Architects, SMBW Location: Richmond, ... http://t.co/3oq8mvK

Archifront · August 17, 2011

#Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + #SMBW: © Bilyana Dimitrova Photography… http://t.co/WOcc2Si

Bocetos Digitales · August 17, 2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts / Rick Mather + SMBW: © Bilyana Dimitrova PhotographyArchitects: Rick Mather Archit... http://t.co/fawPOXa

···

Comments are closed

Read comments