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Shortlist leaked for SFMOMA expansion

A short list of architects has been established for the 225,000 square foot expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to house Gap founder Donald Fisher’s extensive art collection, According to SF Curbed SF Curbed.

The nine of reportedly dozen firms being considered for the job are: David Adjay, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Snøhetta, Steven Holl, TEN Arquitectos; Foster and Partners and Peter Zumptor. Libby Garrison, public relations manager for the museum, said in an emailed statement “it is all rumours at this point. We can’t confirm or deny any of it.” But they did say news of the expansion would be announced in the coming months.

The reaction to the list on the blogs has been lukewarm, leaving some hoping the field will be expanded. Christopher Hawthorne,the architecture critic for the LA Times, wrote on Twitter, “SFMOMA expansion shortlist….being called roster of starchitects. I’d say usual suspects circa 5-10 years ago.” Former Dwell editor, Allison Arief agreed, responding in a tweet of her own “my thoughts exactly.” And New York based design and culture writer Alexandra Lange said, “I think they don’t know what they want, a bad sign.”

David Meckel, who is advising the museum selection committee, all but confimed the existance of a list when he said in an email to Hawthorne today that officials at the museum “are communicating with various architects, who obvioulsly are talking to other folks.” He added that the committee will narrow their list down through an interview process with the idea of getting to two or three finalists.

The new wing, which will connect to the rear of SFMOMA’s Mario Botta- designed building, is expected to be completed in five to six years.

Sharon McHugh

US Correspondent

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