Competition Proposal for Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Bird's Eye View of Model

A work made of iris print on paper; limited edition set, 5 of 5.

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  • A work made of iris print on paper; limited edition set, 5 of 5.

Date:

1999

Artist:

Steven Holl Architects
American, founded 1976

About this artwork

This acclaimed design for a museum expansion by Steven Holl Architects is as much about landscape and light as it is about architecture. Instead of a large, ungainly mass that would compete with the original museum building, Holl imagined the new addition as an intervention in the museum’s sculpture garden, with five glass “lens” structures that connect below ground and rise above ground level in irregular prisms of translucent glass. These lenses serve to gather and diffuse light for the galleries below; the largest of these contains a large, transparent glass lobby, library, and café, which stands out from the other glowing volumes to invite visitors inside. Like many contemporary projects, the building’s environmental contribution—its large green roof—is fully integrated in its architectural imagery and space.

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Architecture and Design

Artist

Steven Holl (Architect)

Title

Competition Proposal for Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Bird's Eye View of Model

Origin

Kansas City

Date

1999

Medium

IRIS print on paper; limited edition set, 5 of 5

Dimensions

35 x 35.6 cm (13 13/16 x 14 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Steven Holl Architects

Reference Number

2004.740.5

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