Design

Architectural Sketches

SFMOMA Expansion Aerial View Southeast
Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Aerial View Southeast; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR

The sketches for SFMOMA's expansion, developed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snøhetta, reveal a transformative design for the museum, the neighborhood, and the city. "Our design for SFMOMA responds to the unique demands of this site, as well as the physical and urban terrain of San Francisco," says Snøhetta principal architect Craig Dykers. "The scale of the building meets the museum's mission, and our approach to the neighborhood strengthens SFMOMA's engagement with the city."

The approximately 235,000-square-foot expansion, scheduled to open in early 2016, will join the existing Mario Botta-designed building with a new addition spanning from Minna to Howard Streets; it adds public entrances on both Minna and Howard while maintaining the existing entrance on Third Street. SFMOMA's new building will include seven levels dedicated to diverse art experiences and programming spaces, and three housing enhanced support space for the museum's operations. It will also offer approximately 142,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gallery space, as well as nearly 15,000 square feet of art-filled free-access public space. The design more than doubles our capacity for the presentation of art while maintaining a sense of intimacy and connection to the museum's surroundings.

SFMOMA Expansion View from Howard Street SFMOMA Expansion Sculpture Terrace and Vertical Garden
A pedestrian promenade with access from Howard Street will open a new route of circulation in the neighborhood; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR A new sculpture terrace on the third floor features a large-scale vertical garden, the biggest public living wall of native plants in San Francisco; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR
SFMOMA Expansion Howard Street Gallery
An expansive glass-walled gallery with free public access will place art on view to passersby; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR
SFMOMA Expansion
A versatile, double-height "white box" space on the fourth floor will create new possibilities for live performance, and will also serve as the starting point for many school tours; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR
SFMOMA Expansion Art Court
The Art Court offers an art-filled central gathering place and ticketing point; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR
SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial View Southeast SFMOMA Expansion View from Yerba Buena Gardens
Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Night Aerial View Southeast; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion View from Yerba Buena Gardens; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta and MIR

 


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