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Kimbell Art Museum expansion by Renzo Piano - images by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Visual Immersion

Kimbell Art Museum expansion by Renzo Piano - images by Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Visual Immersion

Tour S: Kimbell Art Museum Expansion - Piano Pavilion - **SOLD OUT** - 45 waitlisted


2.50 HSW
2.50 LUH


Friday, November 8, 2013
2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Class Code: 79

Room / Location

Grand Lobby / Convention Center First Floor


Early: $50.00 Advanced: $50.00 Full: $50.00

Sponsored By

Beck - Supporting Sponsor
Hossley Lighting Associates - Supporting Sponsor


This tour is sold out. There are currently 10 registrants waiting on the waitlist for any vacated seats.

Project: Kimbell Art Museum Expansion

Architect: Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Executive Architect: Kendall/Heaton Associates

Design Team: Paratus Group (Project Manager); Guy Nordenson and Associates; Brockette, Davis, Drake (Structural Engineering); ARUP with Summit Consultants (MEP Engineers); Huitt-Zollars (Civil Engineer); Arup Lighting (Lighting Consultant); Front (Facade Consultant); Pond & Company (Landscape Architect); Beck (Construction Manager)

Tour Guide: Laurence C. Burns, Jr., FAIA, Kendall/Heaton Associates

This tour will introduce attendees to the soon-to-be-opened new building for the Kimbell Art Museum with a walk around the exterior of the building and up onto the west building roof, as well as a discussion of the building design and construction process.

The Kimbell Art Museum began planning several years ago for an expansion to alleviate long-standing space constraints, because its Louis I. Kahn-designed home, which opened in 1972, was simply not large enough to accommodate the Kimbell’s world-renowned permanent collection and special loan exhibitions. As such, works from the collection needed to be moved and put into storage on a regular basis. The Piano Pavilion remedies this situation by almost doubling the gallery space.

The 81,750 square foot Piano Pavilion faces east and is 65 yards wall to wall from the Kahn building. Most visitors will enter the new museum complex from the new underground parking garage, which is below grade between the two museum buildings and accessed from Van Cliburn Way. They will ascend via stairs or glass elevator to a point near the new building’s entrance. This placement serves to correct the tendency of most visitors to enter Kahn’s building by what the architect considered the secondary entrance, since with the Piano Pavilion located to the west across the lawn, it will allow visitors to enter by way of the west entrance portico as Kahn intended.

The building subtly relates to the Kahn building in height, scale, materials and its division into three bays. Two adjacent pavilions are connected by two glass passageways, with the east wing designed in poured-in-place architectural concrete walls with glass facades and 100’ long laminated wood beams that support a glass roof on a steel structure. The skylight roof has steel louvers with photovoltaic cells which will replace 90 tons of CO2 production annually to control light levels. The 19,200-square-foot green roof over the two level west wing is accessible to the public and slopes down to a lawn on the south side, and covers the parking garage.


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