Renzo Piano Reveals Kimbell Art Museum Designs

3 June 2010 (Last Updated June 3rd, 2010 18:30)

Italian architect Renzo Piano has unveiled the final design for the proposed $125m Kimbell Art Museum expansion in Texas, US. The design will add a new museum building to the west of the existing property, and feature new gallery spaces, a library and a larger auditorium with enhanced a

Italian architect Renzo Piano has unveiled the final design for the proposed $125m Kimbell Art Museum expansion in Texas, US.

The design will add a new museum building to the west of the existing property, and feature new gallery spaces, a library and a larger auditorium with enhanced acoustics.

Half of the 85,000ft² building will be placed underground and will feature a terraced roof and an underground parking garage.

The new structure opens to a recessed, glass entrance bay and a pavilion with a large lobby, and will be equipped with a service tunnel to the existing building.

The area between the new and old building is occupied by a shallow pool with pathways.

Work on the project will begin this year and will be complete in 2013.

The original building was designed by Louis I Kahn and opened in 1972.