snohetta's SFMOMA expansion breaks ground
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may 29, 2013
snohetta's SFMOMA expansion breaks ground

‘SFMOMA expansion’ by snohetta in san francisco, california, USA

image © snøhetta
all images courtesy snøhetta





we have updated our original article from december 13, 2011 to reflect the progression of the snohetta’s  SFMOMA expansion as
the ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for today. the 21,000 square meter expansion reflects the greatest change in the amplified
gallery spaces, libraries and classrooms so as to accommodate the tremendous growth of the museum’s demographic, educational
programs and collection. the focus on the museum’s continued commitment to the public appreciation of art is made manifest
through the creation of two outdoor terraces and a sculpture garden as well as more democratized circulation that opens the structure
from all directions. free, public, ground level galleries will help vary and multiply programming as well.



the groundbreaking ceremony will be broadcast via live webcam today, may 29, 2013 at 10am PDT on the SFMOMA website.





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.


on the design, snøhetta principal architect craig dykers: 



‘our design for SFMOMA responds to the unique demands of this site, as well as the physical and
urban terrain of san francisco. 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.’



a flythrough of the project
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.


for even more information on the project, click here for our previous report.



rendered view from yerba buena gardens
image © snøhetta



(left): view from howard street
(right): renderings released around the groundbreaking more clearly show the vertical garden that will characterize the new public spaces
image © snøhetta

interior view shows more airy spaces for a larger cross section of the public
image © snøhetta



as programming has expanded, a variety of gatherind spaces has been added
image © snøhetta



the ever-growing collection will be more comfortably housed in the snohetta addition
image © snøhetta



drawing of the proposed extension
image © snøhetta



project info- 2016:


total square footage: 470,000
public space:    40,000
total gallery space
                indoors:        130,000
                outdoors:      18,300
educational space/classrooms:5,800
theater: 3,300
conservation lab: 4,750
museumstore: 6,000
restaurant: 4,900

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