The newly renovated San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) will open to the public on May 14, 2016. The museum designed by architect Mario Botta in 1995 has been expanded with a new construction designed by Snøhetta architectural studio. The project incorporates the original building while tripling the amount of exhibition space available in the museum to host 260 works from the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, more than 600 new artworks and the new Pritzker Center for Photography.
The key concept that the museum is open to the city is expressed through redevelopment of the area around the building designed by Mario Botta with creation of pedestrian paths culminating in the new entrances to SFMOMA. The architects of Snøhetta integrate the museum into the neighbourhood around it and the façade of the new building reflects the natural setting of San Francisco Bay.
The eastern façade reflects the colours and waves of the water thanks to a complex system made up of more than 700 fibreglass-reinforced polymer panels. Silicate crystals from Monterey Bay embedded into the surfaces of the panels catch the changing natural light and cause the façade to shift in appearance throughout the day and according to the weather.
Design Architect: Snøhetta
Associate Architect: EHDD, San Francisco
Location: San Francisco USA
© Henrik Kam, courtesy of SFMOMA
© Jon McNeal, courtesy of Snøhetta