Expansion well under way at North Carolina Museum of Art
Due to fully complete in April of next year, the expansion of North Carolina Museum of Art is well under way with the new West Building nearing completion and the East Building scheduled to close for works in the coming September. The $83.9 million expansion is set to increase permanent gallery space by 54%, temporary exhibition space by 45%, storage capacity by 90% and add new classrooms and education spaces. Three acres of newly landscaped sculpture gardens and reflecting pools will also be added and an existing pond renovated.
The new west building alone will add 127,000 sq ft accounting for the new gallery space in 65,000 sq ft of daylit rooms. With galleries on the one storey above ground, operations and mechanical equipment will find their place below in the basement. 230 overlapping and angled anodized panels are used on the exterior and glass curtain walls define each of the five sculpture courts.
In the existing east building three new exhibition spaces will be added totalling 13,200 sq ft accounting for the temporary gallery space. Three newly landscaped acres of land will be accessible by from both the east and west buildings.
The project is a collaboration led by Thomas Phifer and Partners with Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee Architects as Architect of Record and Lappas + Havener as Landscape Architect. SOM are providing Structural Engineering while Arup are providing the Daylighting Design crucial for the display and preservation of the works.