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.
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