strange attractors

(An)other Addition to the Kimbell Art Museum

Contemporary Art Addition

critic: robert mccarter

site: fort worth, texas

Renzo Piano made a controversial change in his siting strategy for the addition to the Kimbell, from the publicized East site to the West.  In doing so, the strategy demolished the grove of Yaopon holly trees and compromised the approach to the museum by blocking West-gaining light into the portico entry.  A tower was designed with a small footprint that creates a campus with several smaller structures.  Why a tower?  A tower accomplishes an understated tension that respects the landmark museum while maintaining a bold approach to design. The addition was sited to maximize sequence and circulation.

Entry to Fifth Floor Special Exhibition

Entry to Fifth Floor Special Exhibition

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copyright 2013 Lynette Salas