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Racine Art Museum

Racine, WI United States

Brininstool + Lynch


Project Description


When we undertook the design of the museum in Racine, it was with a thorough understanding

of the type of art that would occupy it, the environment required for the art, and the knowledge that our design would need to be a pivotal project in revitalizing a downtown community. Our work involved the complete programming and design for the museum, as well as the first exhibitions.

The project is a complete renovation of a composite of several buildings and structures spanning over a century. The design for the new museum redefines the existing structures with contemporary materials and a new spatial composition. The facade is wrapped in translucent acrylic panels separated from the exterior surface, allowing natural light to subtly illuminate the surface of the building during the day, while lighting at the top of the facade causes the building to glow in the evening. The iridescence of the acrylic panels by day and their lantern-like glow by night parallel the qualities of light and movement inside the museum.

Since opening in the spring of 2003 the museum has become one of the top-ten cultural attractions in Wisconsin, exceeding all museum-board criteria. It has received international press attention and four design awards from the AIA – Chicago, including the Chapter’s first Sustainable Design Award.

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Project Details

Racine Art Museum
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    Brad Lynch (design principal); Dan Martus (project manager); Pablo Diaz (project architect); Christine Marsal Brandl, Joanna Dabek (team)
  • Structural Engineer: Arnold & O'Sheridan 
  • Wayfinding and Graphics: Liska + Associates 
  • General Contractor: Bukacek Construction 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Arnold & O'Sheridan 
  • Electrical Engineer: Arnold & O'Sheridan 
  • Plumbing Engineer: Arnold & O'Sheridan 
  • Photography: Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing 
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Project Size:
    46,330 sq ft


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