Unofficial Award for High Museum of Art Expansion

It’s been listed on Artinfo as one of the 12 best new buildings in the world, number 6 to be exact…

6. Best Expansion:
High Museum of Art
Architect: Renzo Piano

The magical daylight infusing Renzo Piano’s recent works–at his Nasher in Dallas, especially–again takes center stage at the expanded High Museum, alongside Richard Meier’s 1983 attempt. A thousand light scoops face southward like sunflowers, or a platoon of robot soldiers, capturing and diffusing rays among the collection hanging in 17-foot-high upper galleries. The intimate piazza created by the new, bright-white structures comforts and shades visitors, in spite of their harsh aluminum and glass edges. Simple glass bridges span the gallery volumes.

Meier undoubtedly approves of the new quad on the Woodruff Arts Center campus. But while Piano respectfully maintained Meier’s original design concept, the original spaces disappoint even more so today, next to the contained brilliance of the $110 million new wings.

FYI, the new Scottish Parliament ranks number 1, not bad for a project that was much derived in it’s country for being vastly over budget, greatly delayed in construction (it took 7 years to build) and a little bit over elaborate for what it essentially a government building…

2 Comments so far

  1. brad (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 9:15 am

    Great – but it appears the review is highly critical of Meier’s masterpiece. Therefore my respect for this praise of Piano’s work is very muted, refering to the great High as an ‘attempt’.

  2. nothing (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

    …is happening in Atlanta?

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