Cranbrook Art Museum in the US opens after renovation
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Cranbrook Art Museum in the US opens after renovation

17 Apr 2012

The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, US, has reopened following a $22m renovation, which was designed by architectural firm SmithGroupJJR.

Cranbrook Art Museum in US

The Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, US, has reopened following a $22m renovation, which was designed by architectural firm SmithGroupJJR.

The renovation was carried out in two and half years, adding a new collections wing and restoring the original 1942 structure designed by Eliel Saarinen.

Cranbrook Art Museum director Gregory Wittkopp said: "The goal was to overhaul an aging building in dire need of insulation, vapour locks and modern climate-control systems, without appearing to have touched a thing.

"The new three-storey structure adds 31,200ft² to the museum’s existing gallery and offices, which will facilitate the open display of Cranbrook’s collected works, including 6,000 pieces of art, architecture and design, in storage vaults.

The main mechanical plant in the building was redesigned to regulate temperature and humidity at a constant level throughout the year.

The new structure has three rectangular volumes, which decrease in height and width as the building progresses northward, away from the museum.

A series of 12ft high zinc-clad steel panels in the structure will enclose the collections wing’s service court.

The panels act as a counterpoint to the lead-coated copper panels on the red brick new studios building, designed by Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. 

 

Image: The completion of the new wing positions the museum to bring its collection to life for a new generation of artists, students and visitors. Photo: courtesy of SmithGroupJJR.