Home Corporate Events A Sneak Peek at Snøhettas Stunning Expansion of Joslyn Art Museum Set to Open in September 2024

A Sneak Peek at Snøhettas Stunning Expansion of Joslyn Art Museum Set to Open in September 2024

by Ikenna Ngere

The Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska, which is set to reopen on September 10, 2024, has announced that the restoration and reparation work, spearheaded by Snøhetta and Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture (APMA), is almost finished.

The largest art museum in Nebraska will have additional gallery spaces thanks to the design of Snøhetta and APMA’s new 42,000-square-foot Rhonda & Howard Hawks Pavilion, which will serve as the focal point of a major initiative to redesign the visitor experience.

One of the most significant cultural icons in the Great Plains, the Joslyn Museum is made up of the Art Deco Memorial building, which opened its doors in 1931, and other later additions including the Norman Foster-designed Walter & Suzanne Scott Pavilion, which was completed in 1994. The artefacts in the museum showcase five millennia of human ingenuity as well as the variety of global cultures.

By creating a curved low-slung volume that emerges from a glass atrium connecting it to the Art Deco building and the 1994 expansion, Snøhetta’s design extends the existing building. Perched atop a pair of granite garden walls, the new pavilion leverages transparency to improve connectivity with the existing spaces and offer a more lucid arrival experience. A multipurpose communal room and the museum store complete the first floor atrium.

A horizontal texture drawn inspiration from the colossal Grand Steps of the Joslyn Building (1931) highlights the new façade. Another reference to the Etowah Fleuri (Georgia Pink) marble of the old buildings can be seen in the light-colored precast panels of the façade, which are embedded with a pink aggregate.

The visiting experience is completed by a brand-new raised sculpture garden that encircles the property and features a variety of landscape settings that are envisioned as outdoor “rooms.” By providing views of the countryside from the gathering areas incorporated throughout the building, the new pavilion emphasises this relationship to the outside areas.

The much awaited Beijing City Library, which has the largest climatized reading room in the world, is now officially open for business. Snøhetta announced the launch. Images of the almost finished Čoarvemátta cultural and educational institution and the ongoing development at the Shanghai Grand Opera House in China have also been made public by the globally renowned office.


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