Museum Façade a Calling Card to Patrons

March 1, 2017
New thinking in museums and art has curators using the building façade as it would gallery walls. Taking a broader view of art reinvents art museums as accessible, inviting facilities.

Architect Cooper Robertson has embarked on a five-part series of white papers that examines the use of the façade of a museum and cultural institutions as an extension of a facility’s galleries. It is somewhat of a juxtaposition of art, as museum interiors typically maintain a set of tightly controlled lighting and humidity parameters in order to preserve artifacts. Shown here is the exterior terrace of the Whitney Museum by Renzo Piano Workshop that acts as an outdoor experience for parents and their young children to explore in the elements. Robertson explains the careful planning and detail that allows the façade to act as an outdoor gallery.

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