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Rendering of Aspen Art Museum. (Shigeru Ban Architects)
For those traveling the architecture/museum circuit, one of the next important excursions is definitely Shigeru Ban‘s Aspen Art Museum, which will open in August. Located in the city’s downtown core, this will be Ban’s first U.S. Museum. The building’s gridded composite facade allows for open views inside, inviting people inside and filling the interior (including 14-foot-tall galleries) with natural light. Inside a three-level grand staircase ascends past two ground floor galleries, sandwiched between the exterior grid and the interior structure. Art will be displayed here on mobile pedestals.Around this spine the museum’s Tetris-like design will be punctuated with complex but rectilinear geometries, “walkable skylights,” a tube-frame roof structure, a large glass elevator, and several unique galleries. On top a roof deck sculpture garden will provide uninterrupted views of the city and of the nearby mountains while also showcase exhibitions and contain a cafe, bar, and outdoor screening space. The museum’s several inaugural exhibitions will include a show on Ban Himself, Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture, with four full-scale examples of the architect’s designs for disaster relief.
The Grand Staircase intersects interior and exterior. (Shigeru Ban Architects)
Mountain views from the rooftop sculpture park. (Shigeru Ban Architects)