San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
expansion breaks ground

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News: construction has started on a major extension to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), designed by Snøhetta to double the gallery's exhibition and education space.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground
Outside glass-fronted gallery

Snøhetta's design will provide SFMOMA with around 12,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor gallery space, as well as over 1000 square metres of public space filled with art.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground

An admission-free glass-fronted gallery on the ground floor of the new building will entice passers-by inside to explore large-scale installations.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground
Living wall on sculpture terrace

A double-height box on the fourth floor will host the museum's programme of live art as well as film screenings and special events.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground
Exhibition space

An outdoor sculpture terrace on the third floor will be home to a huge living wall of native Californian plants, while a terrace on the seventh floor will offer views across the city.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground
Glass-fronted ground floor gallery with Richard Serra sculpture

Additional public entrances to the building will increase access, while a street-level pedestrian promenade will open a new route of circulation in the neighbourhood.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art expansion breaks ground
Performance space

The new building will be over 15 metres taller than the existing SFMOMA building, which was completed by Swiss architect Mario Botta in 1995.

The completed extension is set to open in 2016. Snøhetta first revealed designs for the gallery in 2011.

Other art galleries we've featured lately include a Steven Holl-designed gallery inside an illuminated glass tunnel and Foster + Partners' new wing clad with golden pipes at the Lenbachhaus art museum in Munich – see all galleries.

Snøhetta recently completed a university library featuring a robotic book retrieval system and a 3D printing workshop – see all architecture by Snøhetta.

  • zeeman

    Obligatory Richard Serra sculpture, check.

  • bobbydias

    Given that the article says that the design of doubling of space is by the one person, is it not fair to state the designer of the first half of what will be the result of this expansion – Robert Dias, myself?

    In the early 1960s after the Museum had been closed for years due to seismic damage, I designed the San Francisco Museum of Art that stood for at least 40 years until the present expansion started (I am not talking of the dreams of many years before they started this expansion project). I took out all the walls except one and the entire base (propped up the one wall while the other work was accomplished. I choose the initial stock and I raised all the money (without any money going to me – how much is the current designer charging?).