The design calls for an addition to the east and south of the original 1904 building. It has a dark, polished concrete façade incorporating Missouri river aggregate. New galleries and public spaces will feature skylights and a number of floor-to-ceiling windows to invite and provide views from both inside and outside.
More than 200,000 square feet of new and improved space will include galleries, public amenities, and a 300-car, below-grade parking garage.
Over 13,000 square feet of space will be renovated in the Cass Gilbert-designed building and the South Wing to provide additional space for education, classroom, and public use and renovated permanent collection galleries.
Practical goals have focused on creating new gallery space for the collection, expanding and improving visitor amenities, and enhancing the shortcomings in our 125-year-old building to improve operations.
It has been the Museum's intention to construct a building appropriate for our time and achieve an architectural character that both stands on its own and complements the Cass Gilbert building, while taking advantage of the Museum's spectacular site in Forest Park.
The new building will be Green—LEED—certified indicating that it has met standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The design also conforms to the Master Plan for Forest Park.
David Chipperfield, Architect
Noted British architect David Chipperfield was appointed unanimously by the Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners in September 2005 to design the expansion of the Museum's historic Cass Gilbert-designed building in Forest Park.
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Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum,
Architect of Record
St. Louis-based Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) was appointed Architect of Record for the Saint Louis Art Museum expansion project by the Museum's Board of Commissioners.
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Michel Desvigne, Landscape Architect
Landscape architect Michel Desvigne was appointed by the Saint Louis Art Museum's Board of Commissioners.
Rise Group, Project Manager
The Chicago-based Rise Group was appointed project manager for the Saint Louis Art Museum expansion by the Museum's Board of Commissioners.
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Tarlton/Pepper/KAI Joint Venture,
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For a complete list of the members of the Expansion Project Team, click here