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Tacoma Art Museum Expansion / Olson Kundig Architects

Construction begins in late October on the approximately 16,000 square foot new wing and building renovation of the Tacoma Art Museum. The new wing will provide a home for the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, double the museum’s gallery space, provide greater art experiences for visitors, and increase the museum’s role in downtown Tacoma. Award-winning architects Olson Kundig Architects will design the expansion and renovation.

Tacoma Art Museum Expansion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects
Tacoma Art Museum Expansion. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

The project will create a welcoming lobby and a new family interactive gallery, sculpture hall, and visitor orientation room. Changes to the existing museum will include a new entrance from the parking level, a faster elevator from the parking level, and improvements to the cafe and museum store. The museum’s outdoor plaza will also be transformed with a tall, gracious canopy that will arch over both the existing museum and the new wing. Outdoors, public art installations will be woven into the areas surrounding the museum.

The museum is incorporating sustainable methods for the construction and design of the addition, including: recycling of site debris, energy efficient design, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and conservation of resources through use of materials with recycled content.

Tacoma Art Museum Expansion Site Plan. Image © Olson Kundig Architects
Tacoma Art Museum Expansion Site Plan. Image © Olson Kundig Architects

“This is a remarkable moment for the museum,” said Stephanie A. Stebich, Director of Tacoma Art Museum. “We are taking a historic step toward connecting Tacoma’s past and present through art. This extraordinary project is proof of our community’s dedication to the arts and we are honored to be able to create a gathering space where we can all meet and share art moments for generations to come.” 

In finding a home at Tacoma Art Museum, the Haub Family Collection will establish the only major museum collection of Western American art in the Northwest region. Expected completion date is fall 2014.

Check out more about the project here

  • Architects: Olson Kundig Architects
  • Location: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Olson Kundig
  • Design Team: Olson Kundig
  • Landscape Architects: Murase Associates
  • Project Management: Bonewitz Project Leadership
  • Construction team: Sellen Construction
  • Area: 16000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Olson Kundig Architects
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