Olson Kundig Merges Western History and Modern Art

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Olson Kundig's extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Olson Kundig’s extension to the Tacoma Art Museum comprises a new entrance canopy and a Richlite-clad gallery wing. (Benjamin Benschneider)

Richlite-clad museum expansion inspired by industrial context and Old West art collection.

Commissioned to craft an extension to the Antoine Predock–designed Tacoma Art Museum, Olson Kundig Architects sought inspiration in both the history of the site and the art collection itself. Located in the city’s Union Depot/Warehouse historic district, the museum is surrounded by brick buildings formerly dedicated to industry and transportation. “The new addition needed to respond to both the neighborhood context as well as the existing building,” explained design principal Tom Kundig. “It has clean lines that recall the existing structure but recalls more directly the natural, earthy materials found in the neighborhood.” In contrast to the stainless steel-clad original wing, which houses the museum’s modern art collection, the new wing—dedicated to the art of the American West—is wrapped in layers of Richlite sunscreens. “The addition’s use of exterior shutters references symbols of the American West—fences, filtered barn light, and railroad box cars,” said Kundig. “It’s fitting that the Haub Family’s Western American Art collection now sits at the westernmost terminus of the rail line established by President Lincoln.”

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Peter Zumthor “reins it in” with updates to his Los Angeles art museum proposal

Architecture, News, West
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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(Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner)

(Atelier Peter Zumthor & Partner)

Peter Zumthor’s $ 600 million plan for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is changing. Again. According to a piece in the Los Angeles Times, the sprawling and curving black form has been angled off, weighted to the south, and outfitted with greyish, double-height galleries poking up above the main mass’ roofline.

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Chicago’s Field Museum becomes just second such building to get Gold under LEED EB O+M

Chicago's Field Museum (GoCal83 via Flickr)

Chicago’s Field Museum (GoCal83 via Flickr)

Chicago‘s natural history museum, the Field Museum, announced Monday it has earned a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council under the LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB O+M) program, becoming just the second museum in the nation to do so. (The Madison Children’s Museum is the other.)

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After a year-long search, the Met chooses David Chipperfield to design the museum’s new wing

The Met. (Flickr / Andrew Mace)

The Met. (Flickr / Andrew Mace)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced that David Chipperfield has been selected to “develop a new design for the Southwest Wing for modern and contemporary art, and potentially for adjacent galleries for the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, as well as additional operational spaces.”

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Comment> The Met Plaza redesign undermines the institution’s civic grandeur

The old Met plaza. (Courtesy Paul Gunther)

The old Met plaza. (Courtesy Paul Gunther)

In February of the year 2012, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art first announced the redesign of the City-owned Fifth Avenue-fronted plaza along its grand McKim, Mead & White Beaux-Arts facade, there was little opposition from preservationists. A $65 million underwriting pledge from museum trustee, David H. Koch, catalyzed the selected competitive plan from Philadelphia-based OLIN. It proceeded through the approval process with relative dispatch.

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MCA Chicago unveils new logo, plans for image overhaul with help from Johnston Marklee

Architecture, Art, Midwest
Friday, February 20, 2015
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MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough)

MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough)

Change is underway at Chicago‘s Museum of Contemporary Art. At a press conference Friday MCA officials revealed that the institution is working on a new image, new programming and even a new master plan for the museum’s space led by Los Angeles–based design firm Johnston Marklee.

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Winning Designs for World’s First Sci-Fi Museum on View at Brooklyn Public Library

Architecture, Awards, East, On View, Unveiled
Friday, February 20, 2015
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Architectural Design Jury Awarded First Place - Schrodinger’s Box, submitted by Emily Yen, USA

Architectural Design Jury Awarded First Place – Schrodinger’s Box, submitted by Emily Yen, USA

 

Science fiction’s outlandish imaginings are set to become reality, with  the top 10 designs for the world’s first sci-fi museum on display at the Brooklyn Public Library through May 31. Naturally, the first-of-its-kind project warrants no less than a high-tech, out-of-this-world edifice worthy of Star Trek. The winning design by graduate student Emily Yen, titled Schrödinger’s Box, proposes a 3,990 square foot modular museum comprised of a trapezoid frame with infilled planes at various heights (think staggered wall shelving).

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Letter to the Editor> A Bright Future for the Frick

RUSSELL PAGE'S GARDEN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION. (WALLY GOBETZ / FLICKR)

RUSSELL PAGE’S GARDEN AT THE FRICK COLLECTION. (WALLY GOBETZ / FLICKR)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

I am delighted with the recent Crit’s praise for the beautifully renovated Cooper Hewitt (AN 01_01.14.2015), but I am puzzled by the inconsistency with regard to the Frick Collection’s expansion plans.

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Eavesdrop> Breaking the Bank: Price of Kengo Kuma’s Dundee V&A Museum soars sky high

(Courtesy Kengo Kuma)

(Courtesy Kengo Kuma)

Kengo Kuma’s Victoria & Albert Museum of Design in Dundee, Scotland, hasn’t even broken ground yet, but it has already racked up a pretty substantial bill. In fact, the museum project is expected to cost roughly $80 million, a whopping $35 million more than initially projected. Kuma won the commission back in 2012 and has supposedly already tweaked the design to cut down costs.

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Letter to the Editor> Ban Bang: A reader responds to Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum

(Michael Moran)

(Michael Moran)

[ Editor’s Note: The following reader-submitted letter was left on archpaper.com in response to our critique of Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum (AN 05_10.15.2014_SW). Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Deja vu all over again. Your article is a thoughtful critical review. I add a few observations.

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Letter to the Editor> Frick Director Responds to Expansion Critics

THE FRICK'S EXPANSION WOULD EXTEND THE SIX-STORY LIBRARY BUILDING THROUGH TO 70TH STREET AND FILL IN AN EXISTING GARDEN. (COURTESY DAVIS BRODY BOND)

THE FRICK’S EXPANSION WOULD EXTEND THE SIX-STORY LIBRARY BUILDING THROUGH TO 70TH STREET AND FILL IN AN EXISTING GARDEN. (COURTESY DAVIS BRODY BOND)

[Editor’s Note: Opinions expressed in letters to the editor do not necessarily reflect the opinions or sentiments of the newspaper. AN welcomes reader letters, which could appear in our regional print editions. To share your opinion, please email editor@archpaper.com]

Regarding the article “Frick Fracas,” (AN_14_12.4.2014), while there has been much debate about the Frick’s proposed addition to address its longstanding space needs, much of it rests on mischaracterizations about the history and original purpose of the site where it will be located.

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Preservationists watchful as New York’s American Museum of Natural History taps Jeanne Gang for addition

Architecture, East, News, Preservation
Thursday, January 8, 2015
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The Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History (David Sundberg/ESTO)

The Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History (David Sundberg/ESTO)

Last year, Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects opened a New York office, and now it is clear they made a smart decision in doing so: the firm has been selected to design a six story addition to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The current museum complex is an eclectic jumble of architecture styles, and it’s most recent addition is the Rose Center for Earth and Space by the Polshek Partnership (now Ennead).

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