New details for SFMoMA expansion

Thursday 01 Dec 2011

Staircase removed and additional entrances inserted in renewed Snøhetta plans

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA) and Norwegian design firm Snøhetta have released renewed images of expansion plans for the prestigious institution, with news that the museum’s Board of Trustees has approved ‘visitor- and city-friendly enhancements’ to the plans. To support this decision, the Board has enhanced the capital campaign goal by 15% to $555m.

Over $437m has already been raised for the cause, which looks to expand the exhibition space within the museum and create a series of education volumes throughout for use by the 13,000 schoolchildren that visit the SFMoMA each year.

Snøhetta’s expansion plans see a 235,000 sq ft form shadow the existing volume along the back of the Mario Botta-designed building. Originally released to the public in May 2011, the firm’s designs have now been amended to include a series of terraces and stairs leading up to an entry court and central public gallery space. Additional entrances have also been inserted to enable visitors to access the Museum from any direction and the original staircase within the Botta atrium will be removed.

SFMoMA Director, Neal Benezra commented: “San Francisco has always been a magnet for the creative spirit, and the generosity of early supporters of the campaign demonstrates the community’s desire for an even more accessible and engaging space for contemporary art. As we enter the public phase of the campaign, we hope even more people in the community will support us in creating an even more dynamic institution, one that naturally draws people into the museum and encourages them to experience and engage with art in new ways.”

The Museum currently holds the leading collection of modern and contemporary art on the West Coast and is a magnet for art enthusiasts and tourists alike. In 2009 the SFMoMA launched a campaign to strengthen its prestigious collection which is has more than doubled in size to 27,000 works since 1995 when it moved into its current home. Work is due to commence on the expansion in summer 2013 with a completion date set for early 2016.

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