Contemporary Art Museum

Gluckman Tang was selected to participate in a limited design competition for a new Contemporary Art Wing. Our design creates a vibrant venue for the display and presentation of modern and contemporary art. We sought to increase the visibility of the collection and enhance connections to other collections of the encyclopedic museum, to engage a new audience and inspire existing patrons, and to harness the museum’s unique location within an urban park.

Our design introduces daylight into a majority of the galleries, reestablishes and reinforces axial relationships within the institution, introduces legible vertical circulation, and creates spaces that engage the park, thus highlighting the art and enhancing the visitor’s experience.

The landscape of the park folds down to meet the new wing. A planted, stepped amphitheater frames a changing exhibition gallery, visible through a continuous glass wall, and directs the visitor to a new entry. A progression of landscaped terraces on the roof provides outdoor galleries for sculpture and new media and reinforces the wing’s privileged location in an urban park.