(Excerpt from 'NEW DETAILS OF SFMOMA EXPANSION DESIGN REVEAL MUSEUM’S BROADER VISION FOR VISITOR EXPERIENCE AND MORE PUBLIC ACCESS' posted on SFMOMA. Found on http://www.sfmoma.org/about/press/press_news/releases/952)
SFMOMA is developing a major expansion, designed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snøhetta, to accommodate the ongoing growth of the museum's programs and audiences and to showcase the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of contemporary art.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) today announced further details of its approximately 235,000-square-foot building expansion. When the new museum opens in 2016, it will provide a greater art experience for visitors and support SFMOMA's increasing role in city life and the international art community, with more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs for schoolchildren, more flexible galleries to accommodate live performances and large-scale works of art, and field-leading contributions to global standards of energy efficiency for art museums.
"From the very start of this project, our goal has been to improve nearly every aspect of who we are as a museum and how we serve our many audiences," says SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. "As we continue to develop the design, it's clear that the programmatic and architectural steps we are taking will allow us to be a truly living space, providing the best art experiences possible to all of our visitors."
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(Image on top: Snøhetta, SFMOMA Expansion Aerial Southeast Façade; Courtesy Snøhetta)