San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion and Renovation
with Snohetta and EHDD
This major expansion of a key architectural landmark will meet stringent local and state green building ordinances and provide unprecedented access to the modern and contemporary art collection of the Fisher family.
The project represents a transformation of the existing museum designed by Mario Botta with a dramatic yet complementary new wing, designed by Snohetta, that will double the size of the museum.
Requirements for effective art conservation and display directly influence a museum’s form, the design of its mechanical systems, and its lighting strategy. These design considerations are critical to the success of a museum, and greatly impact energy use.
Atelier Ten worked with the design and the client teams to refine existing curatorial approaches to support the desired environment for art preservation, the visitor experience and reduced energy use. To achieve this, Atelier Ten optimized the building envelope through iterative analysis, design charrettes and energy modeling , and by collaborating with the mechanical engineers and lighting designers to select innovative and low energy systems.
Finally, the museum has made a positive impact on the local community by designing the building to reduce light pollution, offering green space, and reducing surface water run-off.