To get a fresh perspective on the new Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum, ARCHITECT commissioned noted architectural photographer Richard Barnes to catalog the new Fort Worth, Texas, museum building, designed by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA. Barnes's shoot in December 2013 coincided with a powerful, and deadly, Texas snow and ice storm—one of the worst to hit the region in years. Undaunted, Barnes captured the new pavilion in the pale winter sunlight that has intrigued so many architects, and brought back photos of the new building in a serenely snowy post-storm landscape. 

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View of the main (east) entrance.

Credit: Richard Barnes


View of the Renzo Piano Pavilion from under the canopy of the 1972 Louis Kahn–designed building. View from the northeast.

View of the Renzo Piano Pavilion from under the canopy of the 1972 Louis Kahn–designed building. View from the northeast.

Credit: Richard Barnes

Aerial view of the campus from the northwest.

Aerial view of the campus from the northwest.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Roof detail on the south canopy, with a view east to the Kahn building beyond.

Roof detail on the south canopy, with a view east to the Kahn building beyond.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Roof canopy detail.

Roof canopy detail.

Credit: Richard Barnes


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Light well behind the auditorium, view from the north.

Credit: Richard Barnes


<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Exterior view of the South gallery of the Piano pavilion, at night.</div>

Exterior view of the South gallery of the Piano pavilion, at night.

Credit: Richard Barnes


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Exterior view of the east façade and entrance, from the northeast.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Lobby, view out to the Kahn-designed building and garden.

Lobby, view out to the Kahn-designed building and garden.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Lobby, view from the north.

Lobby, view from the north.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Lobby, looking south, with a view into the central courtyard.

Lobby, looking south, with a view into the central courtyard.

Credit: Richard Barnes


<div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">South gallery, view from the north.</div><div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><br/></div>

South gallery, view from the north.

Credit: Richard Barnes


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Paintings hung on concrete wall in the south gallery.

Credit: Richard Barnes


South gallery, view from the southeast.

South gallery, view from the southeast.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Red couches are placed behind the movable exhibition walls in the south gallery. View to the west.

Red couches are placed behind the movable exhibition walls in the south gallery. View to the west.

Credit: Richard Barnes


North gallery, view from the south.

North gallery, view from the south.

Credit: Richard Barnes


North gallery, view south through the lobby and into the south gallery.

North gallery, view south through the lobby and into the south gallery.

Credit: Richard Barnes


West gallery, view from the north.

West gallery, view from the north.

Credit: Richard Barnes


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Courtyard, with view to the glazed passage connecting the south and west galleries.

Credit: Richard Barnes


View, from the west, of the passage to main lobby of the Piano pavilion and to the Kahn building beyond.

View, from the west, of the passage to main lobby of the Piano pavilion and to the Kahn building beyond.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Double staircase leading to auditorium.

Double staircase leading to auditorium.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Auditorium, view from the southeast, looking into the light well.

Auditorium, view from the southeast, looking into the light well.

Credit: Richard Barnes


Auditorium, view from the southeast, looking into the light well.

Auditorium, view from the southeast, looking into the light well.

Credit: Richard Barnes


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