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Old 10-20-2006, 03:35 PM   #1
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MFA Expansion

Just realized that we didnt have a thread on the MFA expansion. We had before the board crashed, but..

Here's an excerpt from Foster's site describing the design:

Architecturally, the project echoes themes explored in the Reichstag and the Great Court at the British Museum, establishing a creative dialogue between the old and the new, and strengthening links with the local community by making the building more open and accessible. At the core of the scheme is the restoration of the symmetry and logic of the Museums original Beaux-Arts plan, devised in 1907 by the American architect Guy Lowell. Following Lowell's intentions, the central axis of the main building on Huntingdon Avenue is reasserted with the reintroduction of the main entrance to the south and the reopening of the north entrance, which is currently closed to visitors. At the heart of this axis is a new information centre, from where all visitors will begin their tour of the galleries. A glazed structure - a crystal spine - provides new accommodation and partly encloses the two grand courtyards at the centre of the Museum in a glass jewel box, creating valuable new space for visitor orientation, cafes, sculpture and special events.

For more infor check out foster's site or the projects's section on the MFA's site, where you can also watch a 5 minute video presentation that includes virtual walkthroughs:

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/Practice/Default.aspx
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Old 10-21-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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Could Foster's addition be a case where there's simultaneously too much architecture and too little architecture?
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Old 10-21-2006, 04:18 PM   #3
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I thought they were going to build something over the parking lot? Or was that scaled back for financial reasons?
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Old 10-21-2006, 05:50 PM   #4
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Pictured is only phase 1. The parking lot comes in phase 3, I think.

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Old 10-21-2006, 07:24 PM   #5
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If all goes according to plan this will be the end result. Presumably phase 2 would replace the Pei wing and phase 3 fill in the parking lot.
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Old 10-22-2006, 02:12 PM   #6
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This expansion is good. The building itself does not and will not distract museum-goers from fully appreciating the art. If you look at the Denver Museum of Art's expansion, most people are enthralled with the architecture. The art comes secondary or is completely forgotten.
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Old 10-22-2006, 06:47 PM   #7
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Well, that may have as much to do with Denver's collection...

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Old 01-29-2007, 09:23 PM   #9
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So that's what happens with those old exhibits. They just get tossed out the window.
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I can see into my girlfriend's old room!
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:01 AM   #12
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So that's what happens with those old exhibits. They just get tossed out the window.
No, that's a brand new exhibit. The MFA is feeling the heat from the ICA.

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So that's what happens with those old exhibits. They just get tossed out the window.
No, that's a brand new exhibit. The MFA is feeling the heat from the ICA.

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It's brilliant!
I was at first repulsed by this shocking arrangement but soon found myself engrossed by its shear audacity.
I love the complexity, the depth, the soul. It make a very strong statement through it's structure (or lack thereof). The massing and use of empty space give it playfulness that is often lacking in contemporary works.
Though somewhat derivative of earlier works in this genre, it still amazingly original and refreshing.

Truly a stunning piece.
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Old 01-30-2007, 11:56 AM   #14
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No, no, you guys ... its not a new exhibit, its the actual expansion. Sir Norman Foster turned over the reins to Frank Gehry!
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Looks more like Peter Eisenmann's work than Gehry's...
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:55 PM   #16
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The atrium spaces remind me of Johnson's BPL addition... probably intentional.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:23 PM   #17
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I have no camera, so can't provide pictures, but demolition of the MFA's old east wing is now seriously under way. There's a fully open passage into the courtyard for construction equipment and the interior walls of galleries in the north arm are now exposed. The crews are moving quickly, so it's worth getting over to the Forsyth Way side of the building in the next few days.
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I took pictures yesterday, and I'll have them up by tomorrow morning or so. Maybe I'll swing by again, too.
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