San Fran­cisco’s Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art gets a ma­jor makeover

Bloomberg Businessweek (North America) - - Contents - Pho­to­graphs by John Fran­cis Peters

On May 14, the San Fran­cisco Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art will re­open af­ter a twoyear, $365 mil­lion ex­pan­sion that dou­bles its size. Ar­chi­tec­ture firm SNO­HETTA pro­vided the larger mu­seum’s de­sign. Here, Sno­hetta found­ing part­ner CRAIG DYK­ERS and NEAL BENEZRA, SFMOMA’S di­rec­tor, re­flect on some of the de­ci­sions they made while “danc­ing” with Mario Botta’s vi­sion for the orig­i­nal build­ing— and trans­form­ing it.

● DYK­ERS: The new wooden stairs will al­low more light into the many spa­ces ad­join­ing the atrium. In the re­main­der of the Botta de­sign, the rooms have been care­fully pro­tected to main­tain their orig­i­nal char­ac­ter.

● BENEZRA: One of the things the new stairs do is pro­vide a per­fect view­ing area for the two wing walls, and thus another op­por­tu­nity to share art­work in the free, untick­eted space for our vis­i­tors.

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