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. 

View of the main (east) entrance.
Richard Barnes View of the main (east) entrance.


View of the Renzo Piano Pavilion from under the canopy of the 1972 Louis Kahn–designed building. View from the northeast.
Richard Barnes View of the Renzo Piano Pavilion from under the canopy of the 1972 Louis Kahn–designed building. View from the northeast.
Aerial view of the campus from the northwest.
Richard Barnes Aerial view of the campus from the northwest.


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


Roof canopy detail.
Richard Barnes Roof canopy detail.


Light well behind the auditorium, view from the north.
Richard Barnes Light well behind the auditorium, view from the north.


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


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


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


Lobby, view from the north.
Richard Barnes Lobby, view from the north.


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


South gallery, view from the north.
Richard Barnes South gallery, view from the north.


Paintings hung on concrete wall in the south gallery.
Richard Barnes Paintings hung on concrete wall in the south gallery.


South gallery, view from the southeast.
Richard Barnes South gallery, view from the southeast.


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


North gallery, view from the south.
Richard Barnes North gallery, view from the south.


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


West gallery, view from the north.
Richard Barnes West gallery, view from the north.


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


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


Double staircase leading to auditorium.
Richard Barnes Double staircase leading to auditorium.


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


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


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