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SFMOMA’s expansion / Snøhetta

SFMOMA Expansion Aerial View Southeast © Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion Aerial View Southeast © Snøhetta

SFMOMA reveals the design for the museums new expansion, designed by the Norway-based architecture firm Snøhetta. The expansion transforms the current Mario Botta-designed building into a scale that “meets the museum’s mission.” Increased public circulation, flexible gallery space and intuitive navigation are a few of the projects main goals. Continue after the break for more information, images and video.

SFMOMA Expansion Aerial View Southeast © Snøhetta SFMOMA Expansion View from Howard Street © Snøhetta SFMOMA Expansion Art Court © Snøhetta SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial View Southeast © Snøhetta

New entrances open the building up to the city on every side. Two main entrances lead into a central public entry that accesses all galleries. The use of glass, outdoor terraces and a new sculpture garden intends to further open the building up to the city and strengthen community engagement.

SFMOMA Expansion View from Howard Street © Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion View from Howard Street © Snøhetta

“Intuitive navigation” leads museum-goers through the 130,000 square feet of gallery space, double the current amount. A variety of education spaces directly interact with the galleries throughout the building. A large, multifunctional gallery will accommodate education programs, live performances and special events. Flexible design and lighting will allow the museum to showcase any type of exhibit.

SFMOMA Expansion Art Court © Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion Art Court © Snøhetta

A glass-enclosed gallery will replace the current Fire House 1 on Howard Street. The museum will relocate the facility and construct a new, state-of-the-art firehouse nearby on Folsom Street as a ten million dollar gift to the city. Reference: SFMOMA

SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial View Southeast © Snøhetta
SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial View Southeast © Snøhetta
Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "SFMOMA’s expansion / Snøhetta " 01 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/188643/sfmoma%25e2%2580%2599s-expansion-snohetta/>