First Phase of Ando-designed Clark Art Institute to open in Williamstown, MA
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute announced today that it would open the first phase of its museum expansion and improvement program in June of 2008. Designed by Tadao Ando, the new two-storey, 32,000 square feet glass and wood building will house galleries, a studio art classroom, a conference room, and an outdoor café. The building will also serve as the new home for the Williamstown Art Conservation Centre.
The Clark is the only art museum in the United States that is located in a rural setting. In response to its unique context, Ando has gracefully tucked the new building into its wooded hillside setting, revealing only one level when approached from its main entry to the north, east and west. A large terrace provides panoramic views of the Green Mountains and Taconic Ridge.
Ando’s building will join two existing buildings on Clark’s campus. A fourth building, also designed by Ando, which will house additional gallery and exhibition space, will be built as part of Phase II. That building is scheduled for completion in 2013