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Kimbell Art Museum in US to open new pavilion

20 Nov 2013 (Last Updated November 20th, 2013 18:30)

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, US is planning to open the new 101,130ft² colonnaded Piano Pavilion, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates, on 27 November 2013.

Kimbell Art Museum pavilion

The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, US is planning to open the new 101,130ft² colonnaded Piano Pavilion, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) and Kendall/Heaton Associates, on 27 November 2013.

The pavilion, which is made up of two structures linked by two glazed passageways, features three galleries, education studios, a large library and an auditorium for music.

The east wing features two day-lit galleries and a large lobby space while the west wing is tucked under an accessible green roof surrounded by light wells that allow daylight to spaces below.

The south gallery will display temporary exhibitions while the north gallery will show works from the collection.

UK-based Arup has provided mechanical and electrical engineering together with lighting consultancy services on the project.

"The building’s primary function is conservation and display of art requiring closely controlled environmental conditions."

The company claims that it has developed and designed systems to conserve and display the art in the most appropriate environmental conditions, while seeking to reduce carbon emissions.

Sustainable features of the project include a system of motorised photovoltaic louvre elements, built from glass and aluminium, which will generate enough power to offset up to 70% of the carbon emissions.

Arup project designer Becci Taylor said the building’s primary function is conservation and display of art requiring closely controlled environmental conditions.

"Intense coordination and subtle detailing has driven the design of the building services and lighting, the sophisticated systems are almost invisible," Taylor said.


Image: The new pavilion includes three galleries, education studios, and a large library. Photo: courtesy of Arup.