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Denver Art Museum / Studio Libeskind

  • 01:00 - 5 October, 2010
Denver Art Museum / Studio Libeskind
Denver Art Museum / Studio Libeskind, © Bitter Bredt
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  • Architects

  • Location

    100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, CO 80202, United States
  • Structural Connection Design

    Structural Consultants, Inc.
  • Interior Designers

    Studio Libeskind with Davis Partnership
  • Area

    146000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineer

    Arup (Los Angeles)
  • Civil Engineers

    JF Sato and Associates
  • Mechanical/Electrical

    MKK Engineers and Arup (Los Angeles)
  • Structural Engineers

    ARUP (Los Angeles)
  • Landscape Architects

    Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
  • Lighting Consultant

    George Sexton and Associates
  • Theater Consultant

    Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
  • Joint Venture Partner

    Davis Partnership
  • Contractor

    M.A Mortensen Co. (Colorado)
  • Acoustical Consultant

    ARUP (Los Angeles)
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From the architect. The Extension to the Denver Art Museum, The Frederic C. Hamilton Building, is an expansion and addition to the existing museum, designed by the Italian Architect Gio Ponti. Inspired by the vitality and growth of Denver, the addition currently houses the Modern and Contemporary art collections as well as the collection of Oceanic and African Art. The extension, which opened in October 2006, was a joint venture with Davis Partnership Architects, the Architect of Record, working with M.A. Mortensen Co.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Section 3 Second Floor Plan Site Plan East Elevation +43

To complete the vision for the extension Studio Daniel Libeskind worked closely with the director, curators, core exhibition team, the contract architect and the Board of Trustees. Since its opening, the new building has become a major cultural landmark for Denver, attracting thousands of visitors to the museum complex.

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"Nexus is conceived in close connection with the function and aesthetic of the existing Ponti museum, as well as the entire Civic Center and public library. The new building is a kind of city hub, tying together downtown, the Civic Center, and forming a strong connection to the golden triangle neighborhood. The project is not designed as a stand alone building, but as part of a composition of public spaces, monuments and gateways in this developing part of the city, contributing to the synergy amongst neighbors, large and intimate.

Exterior Metal Roof Detail
Exterior Metal Roof Detail

"The materials of the building closely relate to the existing context as well as innovative new materials (such as titanium) which together will form spaces that connect local Denver tradition to the 21st Century.

Model
Model

"The amazing vitality and growth of Denver -- from its foundation to the present -- inspires the form of the new museum. Coupled with the magnificent topography with its breathtaking views of the sky and the Rocky Mountains, the dialogue between the boldness of construction and the romanticism of the landscape creates a unique place in the world. The bold and forward looking engagement of the public in forging its own cultural, urban and spirited destiny is something that would strike anyone upon touching the soil of Colorado.

© Michele Nastasi
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"One of the challenges of building the Denver Art Museum was to work closely and respond to the extraordinary range of transformations in light, coloration, atmospheric effects, temperature and weather conditions unique to this City. I insisted these be integrated not only functionally and physically, but culturally and experientially for the benefit of the visitors' experience.

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"The new building is not based on an idea of style or the rehashing of ready made ideas or external shape because its architecture does not separate the inside from the outside or provide a pretty facade behind which a typical experience exists; rather this architecture has an organic connection to the public at large and to those aspects of experience that are also intellectual, emotional, and sensual. The integration of these dimensions for the enjoyment and edification of the public is achieved in a building that respects the hand crafted nature of architecture and its immediate communication from the hand, to the eye, to the mind. After all, the language of architecture beyond words themselves is the laughter of light, proportion and materiality."

© Michele Nastasi
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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Denver Art Museum / Studio Libeskind" 05 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/80309/denver-art-museum-daniel-libeskind/>
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97 Comments

amir divan · November 19, 2013

halalet...

S M L · October 05, 2012

Well, Daniel Libeskind is consistent .... consistently idiotic, but consistent.

roxy · June 04, 2012

Da ist ein Super Bau. Irgendwie erinnert er mich an die Silhouette einer Frau einer verdammt heissen Frau.

Ach Architektur kann so erotisch sein

Pavel Kozdas Photo · February 01, 2012

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Enrique Arturo · February 01, 2012

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Zoran Konjarski · February 01, 2012

Denver Art Museum, Daniel Libeskind.
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There is a lot of Libeskind hate in the comments.

Arq Rene Bruno Perez · February 01, 2012

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Ksaday · January 08, 2012

Wow, its the best museum, I am from Indonesia, Must go to there next year

Aisha Al-Ani · October 11, 2011

First It's reminding me of ROM ( Royal Ontario museum) in Toronto .! the two museums look almost the same.
This building is a very challenging design it's form in a complicated way with triangulated edges, It might be look quite nice from the outside But I think It might be annoying from inside with those irregular sharp edges which make large parts of the interior spaces useless , functionless ,, it's like kind of MESS !
Another point is I think there is no relationship between the building and the surrounding,it's a completely different in a negative way .. !

Cube consultants · October 06, 2011

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Andrew Hicks · September 05, 2011

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??????? · September 02, 2011

Daniel is one of my favour. i like it

mete tre · August 12, 2011

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mohsen · February 28, 2011

very good designin... i am one of the decunstructions fans.... and i design in this way.this museum.. WWWWOOOOOOOOWWWWWW..

Architektourist · November 16, 2010

Libeskind, Gehry - irgendwie wirken diese Entwürfe mittlerweile austauschbar. Ob die Innenräume hier funktionieren? http://ow.ly/39WVB

Alaa moflah · October 19, 2010

At the first sight, suddenly came to my mind The Royal Ontario museum in Toronto. That regular building with the huge crystal! And then i realized that "Daniel Libeskind" did them both. Well the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the Denver art museum, that it's interesting. But then I felt that it's really painful to see that very sharp edge. And the picture of that sharp edge from the inside is even worse. I think it's not brave to do that, it's just wrong. Even when i saw the back side of the building, I felt that it is a totally different building. Besides that, if I imagined myself standing besides this building, or entering it. I think I would feel that it's falling on me. Maybe the purpose was to make it like a kind of sculpture in the middle of the city, but defiantly I can’t understand a clear concept behind this building, that would make me convinced to see the painful edge and all the triangulated wasted edges from the inside.

Fatima Al-Kitbi · October 18, 2010

This is an interesting result, combining various triangular segments to form such a remarkable star like plan is a brilliant idea.
Some people might have different point of view due to the fact that it is not comfortable to use such acute or sharp angles in both terms vertically and horizontally which I agree with but what is more important is how that was an overcame challenge.
I loved it though it looked extreme, because in Architecture staff like that is possible as long as it doesn't interfere with the main general function of that space.

Khadijah Sarhan · October 16, 2010

so nice and Impressive , but i think the museum should had larg area and space as function

I am a small architectural ,

Khadijah Sarhan · October 16, 2010

so nice and Impressive , but i think the museum should had larg area and space as function..

I am a small architectural ^^

Gonçalo Dumas · October 14, 2010

I'm amazed by how grotesque this building turned out to be. How could one curator acknowledge this mess, how could "something" - it could be a work of art, or a mere chair - compete with this awfulness.

sinonimo · October 13, 2010

What a MESS! Blow it up and star over.

Richard Lazzara · October 11, 2010

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scottie_m · October 10, 2010

Gio Ponti had it right, providing a narrative in the original DAM, framing views of the Rockies adjacent to galleries. Liebskind's building is so selfishly shortsighted, that the curators struggle to exhibit their work on slanted walls & ceilings. It begs the question, who and for what was this building made for?

Steven Wang · October 10, 2010

It's a good morphological build.Wish you have many other new architectural design to complet?

Marta Krivosikova · October 10, 2010

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? Jasmine ? · October 10, 2010

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cal · October 10, 2010

clients only use them for their star power. Libeskind designed a condo in Singapore which is attention grabbing but lacks local understanding, result?poor sales.I went to his talk once, and couldn't understand the archi-gibberish he's saying.

Almuhannad Alkadam · October 10, 2010

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Darvar Prejda · October 10, 2010

One hit wonder or one trick pony? Either way Libeskind is looking awfully like the fool he truly is.

inhsin · October 08, 2010

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Regulus NH · October 07, 2010

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Amy Good · October 07, 2010

Very cool, interesting structure! (Denver Museum) RT @KUNGarchitect: looks familiar? http://bit.ly/dmQvKE

Gosia Kung, AIA · October 07, 2010

looks familiar? http://fb.me/HlmdjUI8

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JS denver · October 06, 2010

You need to see it inside in person to understand what a ill concieved ego driven exercise it really is. Art is relagated to leftover spaces in a volume dictated by exterior form. It doesn't work as a building to display art. That should be the most important point.

Brett · October 06, 2010 10:15 PM

I agree. The interior spaces are so useless. Earlier this year, the museum had to specially commission artists to design pieces that fit the so-called galleries "designed" by Libeskind.

But it's all backfired on him. He's not getting any attention or decent commissions any more. He's become a developer hack working for Koreans.

i2h · October 06, 2010

sigh...i remember loving his work up til 3rd year (and to a degree, still emulating it into thesis). but hes still rendering the same forms after all these years? god, even meier's evolved somewhat since his deconstructed box days. whats libeskinds rationale this time? hebrew script? exploded ammo?

Gintas Reisgys · October 06, 2010

@studiobd i could feel something as chaotic as this working 4 belgrade :) http://t.co/YOMfeQu

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??????? · October 06, 2010

Daniel is one of my favour

khawla alhashimi · October 06, 2010

Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind - some of these dwgs (the plans) remind me of your final project @nadataryam; http://bit.ly/atPrIq

Chris · October 06, 2010

He's gotten way too much mileage out of those gash/slash type fenestrations. Interesting interior spaces, perhaps, but really poor display areas.

Chiaro Scuro · October 07, 2010 10:26 PM

Those are the scars of the Jewish people,\\

TO-FU · October 06, 2010

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brew · October 06, 2010

well, it's a one-liner. its jagged disposition is full of trite explanations of it's relationship to the mountains. it creates awkward space both inside and out. i find no merit in it's exploration, especially as a place for art.

DS26 · October 06, 2010

.. we&#39ve been there.. twice in my case (1st time it was a steel mess.. poor GC PM) & yes it is THAT COOL.... http://fb.me/JhReJDzM

christianharrup.com · October 06, 2010

like a lot of starchitects build&#39s this looks better with nothing in it! http://www.archdaily.com/80309...

jose · October 06, 2010

I like it. somebody had to it and it happened to be daniel libeskind.

KC Lucas · October 06, 2010

Professionals do.

The building is quite nice both in person and in how it was formed based on regulating line derived from the city itself.

mhash · October 06, 2010

It could always get worse. Anyone notice the condos adjacent to the museum? Guess who designed those?

Ned A. Steinman · October 06, 2010

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Chris · October 06, 2010

Both gehry's and libeskinds buildings lack any rigor or logic. But gehry's work feels tongue in cheek and works because of it whilst libeskinds is labored and as such even more pointless.

Samuel · October 06, 2010

I should hate it more than I do, but I guess it's through section that I get an understanding of intended space. Having said that the building is a struggle aesthetically, even programically, to behold.

jennifer koskinen · October 06, 2010

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Peter Driessen · October 06, 2010

Jammer dat ieder project van Libeskind te veel lijkt op zijn eerste project. http://archdai.ly/c2jBv7 #architectuur

Peter Driessen · October 06, 2010

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Peter Driessen · October 06, 2010

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IAN MYLES NEWBORN · October 06, 2010

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Iman Setia · October 05, 2010

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woodycreeker · October 05, 2010

do you see the watercolor sketch? see the repetitive windows and the tower? That's the Denver public library, Michael Grave's 1995. I think DL could only dream of competing with that.

Goncalo Dumas · October 14, 2010 02:31 AM

Yeah, my thoughts exactly.

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Andres Salinas · October 05, 2010

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Derek Kinsman · October 05, 2010

Daniel Libeskind needs to stop building museums that look like big giant crystals. http://j.mp/apvPOZ

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mhash · October 05, 2010

To bad there aren't photos of the Clyfford Still Museum on the corner! The Denver Art Museum is not nearly as nice in person as it appears in these photographs.

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Sam75 · October 05, 2010

why would he ? he's a businessman/architect.

you should stop with that non existing architecture's code of ethics...

Fudge · October 05, 2010

How is fourth year by the way?

youri · October 05, 2010

Impressive and quite beautiful from the walker point of view I guess.

I'm just wondering where is the quality as a museum from the art enthusiast point of view.

The two pictures of an exhibition space make me think as if I had open my laundry room where I'm stocking haphazardly some of the pieces witch are not on my main walls for the moment.

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