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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Snøhetta unveils new images of SFMOMA expansion

'SFMOMA expansion' by snøhetta in san francisco, california, USA
all images courtesy snøhetta
image © 
snøhetta MIR

following up on our previous coverage of the project, internationally renowned studio snøhetta
has unveiled new images of the san francisco museum of modern art (SFMOMA). the 21,000 m2 
expansion will double the museum's exhibition and education space in addition to providing an open
and inviting public realm for the bay area residents and visitors. 

'our design for SFMOMA responds to the unique demands of this site, as well as the physical and
urban terrain of san francisco,' says snøhetta principal architect craig dykers. 'the scale of the building 
meets the museum's mission, and our approach to the neighbourhood strengthens SFMOMA's engagement
with the city. pedestrian routes will enliven the streets surrounding the museum and create a procession 
of stairs and platforms leading up to the new building, echoing the network of paths, stairways, 
and terracing that is a trademark of the city.'

video © snøhetta MIR

standing 15 meter higher than the mario botta building, the roofline will be sculpted to frame
the skyline of the surrounding buildings. large planes of glazing will serve as an open interface 
on the street level, lending views of both the exhibited art and the new public spaces within. 
the insertion of a wide, open-air pedestrian promenade running from howard street through to
natoma street will feature a series of stairs and landing terraces, providing additional public space. 
the design of the interior spaces and integration of the two buildings will be unveiled 
at the end of 2011. for more information on the project, click here for our previous report. 

rendered view from yerba buena gardens
image © 
snøhetta MIR

view from howard street
image © 
snøhetta MIR

interior view
image © 
snøhetta MIR

architect's sketch
image © snøhetta

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