The addition’s intermediate scale between the Botta building and the 26-story Pflueger building (aka the AT&T building) ”will tie the block together,” architect Craig Dykers says.
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“We’re gonna be a lot bigger than the Whitney or the Guggenheim,” senior curator Gary Garrels says. The expansion will add 225,000 square feet, doubling the current exhibition space.
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The Fisher collection is rich in certain artists, including Richard Serra. In post-1960 art, says Garrels, “we’ll have incomparable depth and quality.”
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A series of ”city galleries” will have windows onto the street. ”You’ll have more connections to your context and to the urban setting than you had in the Botta building,” Dykers says.
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A 3,000-square foot gallery will be devoted to the works of Alexander Calder, ”one of the great strengths of the Fisher collection,” says Garrels.
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Some 120,000 square feet of street-level space—much of it filled with art—will be free to the public.
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The new Howard Street gallery will include a 23-foot high glass wall, with sculpture and other art pieces visible from the street.
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The exterior will be clad in a custom composite material: glass fiber-reinforced concrete.
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Instead of focusing on the grand boulevards, the design opens up access to the smaller streets—”a very important change psychologically,” Benezra says. Minna and Natoma streets could become new hubs for restaurants and shops.
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SFMOMA’s new Snøhetta building isn’t just designed to showcase the Fisher collection (and impress the art world). It’s meant to inspire a new, more open relationship between the museum and the dynamic, demanding, crazy-diverse neighborhood it serves. Check out some of the key elements of the new design, above.
Read more about making the new MOMA:
Introduction: Deconstructing MOMA
Phase One: Packing Up
Phase One: By the Numbers
Phase One: Movers and Shakers
Phase One: Hard Cases
Phase Two: The Road Show
Phase Two: Can I Play With Your Pollock?
Phase Two: Meanwhile, Back At The Fischer Collection
Phase Three: The Reboot
Phase Three: There Goes The Neighborhood
Originally published in the June 2013 issue of San Francisco