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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion


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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


  • EHDD

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225,000 sq. feet





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Project Description


Developed by Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA and EHDD of San Francisco, the over 225,000-square-foot expansion will run contiguously along the back of the current building, and extend from Howard to Minna streets, allowing for the seamless integration of the two structures. The new building will provide SFMOMA greater public profile and an openness that will welcome visitors and project the museum's role as a catalyst for new ideas, a center for learning, and a place that provides great experience for Bay Area residents and visitors.

On the east side, the building will feature a sweeping facade and an entrance in an area that is currently hidden from public view and largely unused. This will be achieved through the creation of a mid-block, open air, 18-foot-wide pedestrian promenade running from Howard Street through to Natoma Street. The public promenade will feature a series of stairs and landing terracing up to an entry court that extends from the new east entrance, providing additional public space.

The building also introduces a facade on Howard Street that will feature a large, street-level gallery enclosed in glass on three sides, providing views of both the art in the galleries and the new public spaces. The building will rise fifty feet higher than the Botta building, and its roofline will be sculpted to frame the skyline of the buildings beyond it to the east when viewed from Yerba Buena Gardens.

The planning of the expansion continues as an intensive collaborative process of museum leadership, trustees, visitors, other stakeholders, and the design team.
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