The newly expanded SCAD Museum of Art is sited on a series of plazas that run between the building and the neighboring School of Architecture.
On top of the southern, plaza-facing entrance is a terrace that is adjacent to the building’s signature glass tower.
At the western edge of the site stand the reinforced brick walls of one of the site’s historic structures. No longer enclosed, the planted area serves as outdoor gallery and gathering space.
View back toward the SCAD Museum expansion (including the lit tower) from the outdoor event space at night.
The tower rises from grade on the building’s north side and is composed of individual interlocking structural glass channels. Each glass channel is held in place with mechanical clips and then sealed with clear silicone.
To preserve the existing historic structure that is incorporated into the SCAD Museum addition, glass panels are affixed over archways to enclose the space without blocking the exhibitions from view.
Inside the museum, the louver-covered southern façade encloses a hallway and runs the length of the 65,000-square-foot addition. This passage admits daylight and offers access to many of the new galleries, which are demarcated by arches preserved from the walls of the 1853 rail depot. The depot and existing museum building are National Historic Landmarks.
The museum’s new galleries combine pristine spaces for displaying art with remnants of the original structure, including historic masonry walls, hand-formed period Savannah Gray Brick, and original European oak flooring from the site’s 1853 rail depot.
Designed to house permanent and temporary exhibitions, the galleries can be configured for painting, sculpture, or installations.
The lobby features an interactive table that visitors can use to explore the museum's exhibitions and permanent collection.
Individual card on the table's LCD surface can be moved, resized, and flipped over to reveal slideshows and more detailed exhibition information.
Behind the table, stairs lead to the second floor studio spaces, which accomodate both art and education programs.