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Finalists announced for the Menil Collection Expansion

© D Jules Gianakos
© D Jules Gianakos

Prior to becoming a Pritzker laureate, Italian architect Renzo Piano was commissioned to design the Menil Collection in a quiet inner-city neighborhood of Houston, Texas. Since celebrating its opening in 1987, the museum has expanded, adding Renzo’s second commission, the Cy Twombly Gallery (1995), along with the permanent, site-specific installation at Richmond Hall by minimalist sculptor Dan Flavin and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel (1997-2012) by owner Dominique de Menil. Surrounded by ample amounts of open space, the long-term master plan of the museum’s campus has been under the review of architect David Chipperfield. Now, after an extensive international search to select the architect for the campuses new major addition that will house the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), the architecture selection committee has announced the four architects under consideration. Once completed, MDI will be the first freestanding facility in America dedicated to modern and contemporary drawing, and one of the most advanced in the world. Continue after the break to find out the finalists.

Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. "Finalists announced for the Menil Collection Expansion" 13 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/226294/finalists-announced-for-the-new-menil-drawing-institute-in-houston/>