July 14, 2014
Even the most time-honored institutions can sometimes use a facelift. These venerable museums across the country are being revitalized with modern renovations.
The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Winner of the 2011 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Project description: "The museum is, in essence, a single 65,000-square-foot room, separated by

In 2010, the North Carolina Museum of Art unveiled a new building to house its permanent collection: a 127,000-square-foot, light-filled structure designed by New York-based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners.

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The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento reopened in 2010 with a 125,000 square-foot addition by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates Architects that more than triples the 125-year-old museum’s size.

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Bruce Damonte
Originally appeared in Update on the Crocker Art Museum
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The University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Designed by Allied Works Architecture. Winner of the 2011 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Project description: "The recent expansion and renovation of the 1908 beaux-arts building op

In 2011, Allied Works Architecture’s transformation of the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor, Michigan earned the firm an Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. The renovation and expansion of the 1908 beaux-arts building opened the museum to the campus and community by lightening the building envelope and permitting greater public access to common areas.

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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Rooftop Garden in San Francisco, California. Designed by Jensen Architects/Jensen & Macy Architects. Winner of the 2011 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Project description: "The SFMOMA’s rooftop garden is an

Designed by Jensen Architects, the rooftop garden addition to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art also earned an AIA Honor Award. The open-air gallery is defined by the intersection of sculpture, space, and light, and it provides stunning views of the city.

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From the outside peering in at the new Special Exhibition
Gallery in the Piano wing. The Living Room visitor
orientation space sits below.

Boston's venerable Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, founded in 1903, received a contemporary expansion in 2012. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the addition includes a new wing of four floating volumes clad in verdigris-hued copper.

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contemporary design galleries, indianapolis museum of art

Fans of contemporary design in the Midwest have much to celebrate with the opening in 2013 of the refurbished and expanded contemporary design galleries at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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After a decades-long transformation that brought together architects Tadao Ando and Annabelle Selldorf, along with Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects, the new center at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute has recently reopened its doors.

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Here's a look at what the tall structure would look like from a terrace atop the existing building. The wooden facade is a nod back to the origins of this 1860s mining town, though its form is hardly nostalgic.  <br /><br /><p><em><strong>Don't miss a wor

In 2012, the Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) submitted the prize-winning design for a competition to expand the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. Construction on a modified version of the design is slated to begin in 2015.

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Peter Zumthor at LACMA

First revealed last June, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor’s amoebic reinterpretation of the east campus of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) evokes the nearby La Brea Tar Pits. LACMA is now working on feasibility studies, after which it will begin a capital campaign to pay for the project.

Installation view, The Presence of the Past: Peter Zumthor reconsiders LACMA, June 9–September 15, 2013. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Frank Gehry master plan, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Frank Gehry unveiled a master plan for the renovation and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art just last month. The ambitious plan will add 78,000 square feet of gallery space without altering the exterior of the museum’s landmark 86-year-old building.

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The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Winner of the 2011 Institute Honor Award for Architecture. Project description: "The museum is, in essence, a single 65,000-square-foot room, separated by

In 2010, the North Carolina Museum of Art unveiled a new building to house its permanent collection: a 127,000-square-foot, light-filled structure designed by New York-based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners.

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