Art Museum

Location: Houston, Texas

Year: 2008

This museum exhibits a small collection of paintings. The design challenges the typical organization of a museum where artwork is separated by walls, ceilings, and doors. The museum is designed on the premise that all artwork is related and best understood in both its immediate and larger context. Thus, artwork is exhibited in “open” galleries where visitors are always aware of surrounding gallery spaces. Visitors move from one gallery to another through a slow and winding ramp.

The goal was to create a unified space where each gallery is distinct, yet part of the larger whole. This was accomplished by segmenting two planes, one horizontal for the floor planes and one vertical for the gallery walls and vertical structure. Shifting the segmented planes creates distinct gallery spaces that exist within a coherent whole; complexity without overcomplication.