The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | SFMOMA’s expansion works commence this summer – the new 235,000-square-foot building is designed by Norway based practice Snøhetta. The expansion will seamlessly join the current Mario Botta’s museum building. When the new museum opens in 2016, it will provide greater art experience for visitors and offer more free public spaces, extended education programs for schoolchildren, more flexible galleries for live performances and large-scale works of art.
In words of Snøhetta’s principle architect Craig Dykers, their transformative design for the museum responds to the demands of the site, as well as the terrain of San Francisco. The scale of the building will finally meet the SFMOMA’s mission, while Snøhetta’s approach to the neighborhood strengthens museum’s engagement with the city.
The new museum building includes seven levels dedicated to diverse art experiences, a programming space and three housing enhanced support space for the operations. SFMOMA’s current capacity of gallery space will be more than doubled – 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space for presentations of art maintains the sense of intimacy, while connecting the museum to the urban surrounding.
Due to the fact that increased public circulation, flexible gallery space and intuitive navigation are few of main goals of the new museum, the new public spaces and additional entrances to the building were designed to increase access and incorporate the museum more into the neighborhood. Additional outdoor features include new sculpture terrace, with a large-scale vertical garden – the biggest public living wall of native plants in San Francisco and a terrace on the seventh floor, offering striking city views.