To achieve the objectives of an architecturally iconic museum of art with versatile art exhibition spaces in a highly sustainable project this proposal defines the concept of art exhibition beyond the conventional “stuffy” notions of uniformly rectangular, windowless interior galleries. Instead, the project provides both interior and exterior venues for a variety of public experiences, and creates the opportunity for day-lighting and sustainability in ways that are unprecedented for art museums.
Building and landscape architecture are intrinsically designed as a unified, iconic expression in which the configuration of the proj¬ect is strongly reactive to the site context of park, river, canal, train station and other urban elements. The building form in site plan consists of four major volumes that surround a circular, central public space that is open to the sky. These spaces serve not only as an organizing device and focus of the Museum, it also acts as a center for Park and Museum visitors as well as Retail shoppers.