allied works architecture: clyfford still museum
allied works architecture: clyfford still museum allied works architecture: clyfford still museum
nov 16, 2011

allied works architecture: clyfford still museum

‘clyfford still museum’ by allied works architecture, denver, coloradoimage © jeremy bittermann



construction is now complete for denver, colorado’s ‘clyfford still museum’, designed by portland and new york-based architect brad cloepfil of allied works architecture. ready to open its doors to the public, this will be the first facility dedicated solely to the career of clyfford still, an american abstract expressionist painter. positioned within the civic center of the city, the structure serves as an intersection between the new and historic housing as well as the mountains and prairie.


the solid concrete massing is encompassed by a recently planted grove of trees creating a setting of light and shadow. the structure’s material contains aggregates of granite and quartz which have been fluted on the external and internal surfaces to match the trunks of the vegetation and maintain a consistent monolithic appearance. the ceiling’s fluid brise-soleil pattern introduces light into the galleries, strategically varying in intensity to respond to the art within.

western facade image © raul garcia

facade detail image © raul garcia

fluted texture image © jeremy bittermann

stairs leading from lobby to galleries image © jeremy bittermann

installation view of the inaugural exhibition featuring the only three still sculptures in existence and never-before-seen works on paper image © raul garcia

lower level gallery image © raul garcia

stairs to second floor galleries image © jeremy bittermann

upper level galleries image © jeremy bittermann

progression through gallery spaces image © raul garcia

daylight enters through clerestory windows image © jeremy bittermann

the collection is enlivened by natural light which enters through a series of skylights over a cast-in-place, perforated concrete ceiling. image © raul garcia

perforated concrete ceiling image © jeremy bittermann

perforated ceiling meeting the monolithic concrete structure image © jeremy bittermann

one of the two upper level outdoor terraces image © raul garcia

entrance at dusk image © raul garcia

northwest corner image © raul garcia

at dusk image © raul garcia

denver art museum is adjacent to the clyfford still museum image © raul garcia



project info:


opening date: november 18, 2011 architect: brad cloepfil, allied works architecture portland, or, and new york, ny building size: 28,500 square feet, including 10,000 square feet of exhibition galleries project team: landscape design: reed hilderbrand associates, watertown, ma structural engineering: kpff consulting engineers, portland, or mechanical engineering: arup, new york, ny lighting design: arup, new york, ny project management: romani group inc., denver, co general constructor: saunders construction inc., centennial, co museum leadership: dean sobel, director christopher hunt, board president

  • the denver art museum adjacent to the clyfford still museum is by libeskind, not adjaye

    pj says:
  • That has to be the best looking building I have seen in a long while. Congratulations

    FBOT says:
  • Agreed. Great work. Ceiling could take some time to get used to but positive application of the detail. I’ve been to this office and it seems like a good place to work too.

    mstndvn says:
  • very inviting inside for people as well as a very cool room to display art

    FJR says:
  • Exquisite concrete. A masterpiece.

    Ornament and Crime says:

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