tadao ando set to expand pulitzer arts foundation with new public spaces
pulitzer arts foundation
photograph by robert pettus




having completed the pulitzer arts foundation building in 2001, tadao ando is collaborating again with the cultural institution on what is set to be its first expansion project since opening 13 years ago.


the construction plan which is slated to begin in august 2014, will see the japanese architect re-organize the lower level of the concrete volume — transforming it from the existing office and storage spaces, into communal and additional gallery zones in which the pulitzer arts foundation will be able to extend its curatorial and public programs. with this, the development will see the now 6,800 square foot area enlarged by 3,600 square feet, that will maintain the building’s current architectural style with tadao ando continuing to emphasize light and spatial dynamics throughout. the opening of the lower level will vastly improve vistors’ ability to move naturally through the building via a second stairway that will lead one to the new galleries.


over the last decade, the pulitzer has grown and evolved as an institution, expanding and diversifying its program through a range of partnerships, community engagement, and scholarly inquiry. the expansion of our space is a natural next step as we look to the future and build upon our mission to the push the boundaries of the traditional arts encounter,’ said kristina van dyke, director of the pulitzer. ‘the construction will maximize space in our building, while maintaining the intimate experience of art that our audiences have come to know and appreciate. our vision is to provide contemplative, unmediated access to outstanding art alongside imaginative programs that inspire visitors to think differently about art and its relationship to daily life.’


with construction beginning in late august, the pulitzer arts foundation will be temporarily closed for construction, re-opening in may 2015.