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Speed Art Museum Expansion

Speed Art Museum Expansion

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    View of exterior from sculpture garden

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    Gallery

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    Sarah Lyon

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The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky., is planning a 200,000-square-foot expansion and renovation, all within the confines of its existing 6-acre site. The expansion includes new gallery spaces as well as a new entry sequence and a 3.5-acre greenspace with a Wi-Fi–enabled plaza and sculpture garden. A new theater space will provide room for lectures and musical performances and opens up onto the plaza for additional seating. A successful renovation and expansion should feel like “acupuncture,” says Kulapat Yantrasast, Assoc. AIA, partner in charge of the project. “Of course there’s an operation involved. But it’s not like a face-lift or adding another body, but adding a sense of clarity from within.” Fundraising for the project is ongoing.