elliptical glazed façade to welcome visitors at denver art museum's transformation this fall

elliptical glazed façade to welcome visitors at denver art museum's transformation this fall

towering denver art museum is renewed and expanded

 

the denver art museum (DAM) will reopen its doors to the public next month, on october 24, 2021 — after being partly closed for many years — with its expanded and revisioned campus designed by machado silvetti and fentress architects. 

 

the original lanny and sharon martin building — formerly referred to as the north or ponti building — was designed by the renowned italian architect gio ponti, and opened in 1971 as a seven-story tower; it was the first-ever high-rise art museum and his only completed building in north america. millions of reflective tiles clad the building’s exterior, and its two-towered façade has long been an iconic city feature. this fall, the museum unveils the 150 million dollars renovation and expansion project, while celebrating the martin building’s opening for its 50th anniversary.

round glazed façade welcomes visitors at denver art museum's transformation

© denver art museum (DAM)

image by eric stephenson

 

 

a transparent elliptic-shaped facade approachable from all sides

 

designed by US-based firms machado silvetti and fentress architects, and constructed by saunders construction, the changes incorporate a new welcome center, reinstalled galleries, and creative spaces for education, events and dining. the new complex is characterized by the oval glazed structure, which welcomes the visitors and seamlessly connects all aspects of the museum campus. spanning 50,000 sqft (4,645 sqm), and rising two levels, sie welcome center stands out due to its unique facade, which is comprised of a series of curved structural glass panels with insulated glazing.

 

‘to create the new sie welcome center in the architecturally rich context of denver’s golden triangle creative district, it was critical for us to design a structure that was simultaneously in dialogue with the vibrant visual language of ponti and studio libeskind’s designs, while also providing connection to the museum. with its elliptical shape that is approachable from all angles, and transparent glass façade, the sie welcome center is an inviting and glowing beacon to greet all visitors.’ said jorge silvetti, principal at machado silvetti. ‘an unprecedented feat of engineering and the first building to use curved glass panels in this way’.

 

round glazed façade welcomes visitors at denver art museum's transformation
the original steel tube-like entrance was restored

image by eric stephenson

 

 

museum act as a catalyst for the ‘golden triangle’ redevelopment

 

after the dynamic expansion and addition to the existing museum, — dubbed the hamilton building designed by american architect daniel libeskind, and opened in 2006 — the museum has served as a catalyst for the reviving of the surrounding ‘golden triangle’ creative district. over the past decade, three adjacent museums opened in the neighborhood, creating a cultural hub; the clyfford still museum, history colorado center, and the relocated kirkland museum of fine and decorative art. along with this, new residential and commercial projects, independent art galleries, restaurants, and retail, form a vivid neighborhood with arts and culture as its focal point.

 

the project involves an extension including a new gallery and public space, fulfilling ponti’s vision for visitor access to remarkable floor views, the addition of skylights that reveal new angles of the building’s design, and exterior improvements such as lighting and revitalization of the glass tiles on the building’s façade.

 

elliptical glazed façade to welcome visitors at denver art museum's transformation this fall
martin building exterior

image by eric stephenson

 

a series of creative activities and events will follow the reopening of the martin building. the museum opens its completed campus to the public on sunday, october 24, with free admission to all. reservations are available starting on september 17 on the museum’s website (found here).

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image by eric stephenson

elliptical glazed façade to welcome visitors at denver art museum's transformation this fall
martin building exterior

image by eric stephenson

elliptical glazed façade to welcome visitors at denver art museum's transformation this fall
rooftop terrace, millions of tiles clad the building

image by james florio photography

 

 

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view of civic center park and downtown denver from the new sturm grand pavilion inside the sie welcome center, image by james florio photography

 

 

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view of civic center park and downtown denver from the sturm grand pavilion inside the sie welcome center at night, image by james florio photography
view of civic center park and downtown denver from the sturm grand pavilion inside the sie welcome center at night, image by james florio photography
martin building rooftop terrace view of downtown denver, image by james florio photography
martin building rooftop terrace view of downtown denver, image by james florio photography
rooftop terrace at night, image by james florio photography
rooftop terrace at night, image by james florio photography
sie welcome center night view, image by james florio photography
sie welcome center night view, image by james florio photography
evitalized gio ponti tube entrance into the martin building, image by james florio photography
evitalized gio ponti tube entrance into the martin building, image by james florio photography
scattered lights inside duncan hall's ceiling, image by james florio photography
scattered lights inside duncan hall's ceiling, image by james florio photography
new grand staircase view from duncan hall, image by james florio photography
new grand staircase view from duncan hall, image by james florio photography
interior of the ponti, image by eric stephenson
interior of the ponti, image by eric stephenson
new elevator lobby located on level 5, by james florio photography
new elevator lobby located on level 5, by james florio photography
new conservation lab and equipment at the denver art museum, by james florio photography
new conservation lab and equipment at the denver art museum, by james florio photography
new grand staircase view from level 2, by james florio photography
new grand staircase view from level 2, by james florio photography
sie welcome center and martin building, by james florio photography
sie welcome center and martin building, by james florio photography

project info:

 

name:  denver art museum extension 

designed by: machado silvetti and fentress architects

constructed by: saunders construction

opens: on october 24, 2021

location: denver, in the US 

photography: eric stephenson, james florio photography

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