Pritzker Garden was designed as part of the Modern Wing and opened with that building in May of 2009. Though the area is an open-air space, it has the feel of an interior courtyard, with the Modern Wing surrounding it on three sides—the Ryan Learning Center to the north, Griffin Court to the west, and the Bucksbaum Gallery for Photography to the south. The building’s iconic “flying carpet” roof overhangs half the garden, providing a shaded canopy, while its unadorned white columns give the space a gridded structure and architectural quality. Accessible from the Modern Wing’s main thoroughfare, Griffin Court, the serene space offers a perfect place for contemplation during a museum visit as well as a festive outdoor area for events taking place in Griffin Court.