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Lord Foster reveals Norton Museum of Art renovation masterplan

05 Dec 2013 (Last Updated December 5th, 2013 06:30)

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has unveiled a masterplan to renovate the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Norton Museum of Art

British architecture firm Foster + Partners has unveiled a masterplan to renovate the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida.

The latest plan to renovate the museum would almost double its gallery space, while laying foundations for future development.

As part of the masterplan, the museum will be renovated and extended to develop the landmark Dixie Drive pavilions, while the plan also involves the addition of new public amenities within a garden setting.

The project also includes two new galleries with modern environmental systems, a sculpture gallery and a new education centre.

Lord Foster said that the Norton is one of Florida’s most important cultural institutions with a great location in the heart of West Palm Beach.

"The gardens will be planted with native trees and flowers and the masterplan strengthens the elegant formation of the original museum, redefining its relationship with the city with a welcoming new street frontage," Foster said.

"The project combines old and new and continues our explorations into the museum in a garden setting, which began with the Sainsbury Centre and has more recently embraced the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston – it is a fascinating, multi-faced challenge."

The long-term masterplan will also add two new wings to the galleries to the east of the museum.

Foster’s masterplan also includes a new entrance, which is indicated by three new double-height pavilions joined with the re-worked existing wing by a shared palette of white stone, while a metal roof canopy floats above the pavilions.

As per the plan, pavilions will house a modern auditorium, event space in addition to a ‘grand hall’, a new museum shop and a new restaurant with al-fresco garden seating.


Image: Foster’s masterplan will lay the foundations for future development at the Norton Museum of Art. Photo: Courtesy of Foster + Partners.