View of the southern end of the new  Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and of the east facade looking north. Photographed September 2013.

View of the southern end of the new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, and of the east facade looking north. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori


The long-anticipated addition to Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, opens to the public on Nov. 27. Taking the form of a low-slung concrete-and-glass pavilion designed by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, the new building sits just 65 yards across a lawn, from Kahn's vaulted travertine structure. Piano's Paris and Genoa, Italy-based firm, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is no stranger to museum design--this is its twentieth (Piano's first project in the U.S. was also a Texas museum: the Menil Collection.) Piano himself is also no stranger to Kahn--he was once the midcentury master's employee. But experiencing how that foreknowledge came  to bear on this newest project first-hand is something most of the art-and-architecture-loving public will have to wait until the grand opening in two weeks. For those too eager to wait, however, don't fret: Architectural photographer Robert Polidori has been documenting the building since its substantial completion: first in September, and again just a few days ago after the initial art installation. His look inside Piano's new Kimbell can be seen here, in all of its stunning detail.

View of the tripartite east facade, and the northern end of the new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Photographed September 2013.

View of the tripartite east facade, and the northern end of the new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

East facade looking south, with glazed canopy. Photographed September 2013.

East facade looking south, with glazed canopy. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori


View of the new wing's tripartite façade, looking south. Photographed September 2013.

View of the new wing's tripartite façade, looking south. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

East facade, looking south. Photographed September 2013.

East facade, looking south. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

View of the east façade of the new pavilion. Photographed September 2013.

View of the east façade of the new pavilion. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Detail of glazed roof, wood beam, and concrete column system, as seen from the exterior. Photographed September 2013.

Detail of glazed roof, wood beam, and concrete column system, as seen from the exterior. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

South view at dusk. Photographed in September 2013.

South view at dusk. Photographed in September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Main lobby of the new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed pavilion, overlooking the lawn and Louis Kahn's original Kimbell Art Museum building. Photographed November 2013.

Main lobby of the new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed pavilion, overlooking the lawn and Louis Kahn's original Kimbell Art Museum building. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Interior of the South Gallery, with its laminated wood beams that support the scrim-covered fritted-glass roof. Photographed September 2013.

Interior of the South Gallery, with its laminated wood beams that support the scrim-covered fritted-glass roof. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

South Gallery interior, with art installed on 11-foot-tall moveable partitions. Photographed November 2013.

South Gallery interior, with art installed on 11-foot-tall moveable partitions. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Interior of the South Gallery. Photographed September 2013.

Interior of the South Gallery. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

South Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

South Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Interior of the South Gallery, showing a detail of the glazed end wall. Photographed September 2013.

Interior of the South Gallery, showing a detail of the glazed end wall. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Glazed roof detail, showing laminated wood beam and fabric scrim. Photographed September 2013.

Glazed roof detail, showing laminated wood beam and fabric scrim. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

South Gallery interior, showing concrete gallery wall and view out to lawn. Photographed September 2013.

South Gallery interior, showing concrete gallery wall and view out to lawn. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Art installed in the South Gallery. Photographed November 2013.

Art installed in the South Gallery. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Detail of a concrete gallery wall. Photographed in September 2013.

Detail of a concrete gallery wall. Photographed in September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

View from the South Gallery looking north into the main lobby and through to the North Gallery beyond. Photographed November 2013.

View from the South Gallery looking north into the main lobby and through to the North Gallery beyond. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

North Gallery interior. Photographed September 2013.

North Gallery interior. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

South Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

South Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

North Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

North Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Southwest Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

Southwest Gallery interior. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Double staircase leading down to the library and auditorium on the lower level. Photographed November 2013.

Double staircase leading down to the library and auditorium on the lower level. Photographed November 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori


Auditorium. Photographed September 2013.

Auditorium. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Auditorium. Photographed September 2013.

Auditorium. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori

Auditorium. Photographed September 2013.

Auditorium. Photographed September 2013.

Credit: Robert Polidori


For more on the Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum, including critiques, videos, and photo galleries, click here.