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The SFMOMA Expansion: Landscape & Building, Enclosure & Fabrication
Join us for this virtual discussion on Snøhetta’s expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art which reimagines SFMOMA as a new art experience and gateway into the city of San Francisco. No longer an inward looking shrine to the art object, a museum today must engage with its local conditions and communities in a proactive way. The new SFMOMA realizes in built form the museum’s goals of being a welcoming center for arts education and an important public space for the Bay area. The new expansion runs contiguously along the back of the existing Mario Botta-designed building which opened in 1995, allowing for a seamless integration of the two structures.
By nearly tripling the amount of exhibition space and expanding the unticketed gallery areas and outdoor public spaces, the expansion allows the museum to be more accessible than ever. The expansion will also enliven the surrounding cityscape by opening up new routes of public circulation throughout the South of Market neighborhood and into the museum.
This program is in collaboration with AIASF's Building Enclosure Council.
Project Leader, Architecture
Samuel Brissette, Project Leader, Architecture, Snøhetta is currently working on the Ford Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn MI, and a science research & academic laboratory in San Francisco. He’s been design lead for an array of projects including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion, the Calgary Public Library, the Ryerson Student Learning Center in Toronto, and the Taipei Pop Music Center in Taiwan. Samuel has been an integral part of the Snøhetta design team since 2010 and brings a unique background in fabrication and material experimentation which both inform his work.
Jon McNeal, Director, Senior Architect, Snøhetta, has worked throughout his career to prioritize community needs and public space within complex, multi-client projects. Jon joined Snøhetta in 2013, working intensely on the Construction Documentation and Administration for the SFMOMA Expansion. Since then he has led the San Francisco office on many projects including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Guadalajara and the San Mateo Community College Performing Arts Center. Jon has extensive experience designing and coordinating large, complex projects featuring a mix of community engagement, exhibit and performance spaces with atypical and specialized security requirements. Prior to his time at Snøhetta, Jon has worked on a number of cultural and civic projects on the West Coast and internationally. While at Renzo Piano Building Workshop Jon worked on large, international commercial and residential towers such as Aurora Place in Sydney, Australia, as well as institutional projects such as the California Academy of Sciences.
Learning Objectives (1LU PENDING_)
1 - Explore the Architect’s design concepts including SFMOMA as a new art experience and gateway into the City of San Francisco.
2 - Learn about the design guidelines for museums, archives, and storage facilities.
3 - Acquire knowledge about the design and fabrication process for custom exterior fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) panels.
4 - Learn how the building expansion enlivens the surrounding cityscape by opening up new routes of public circulation throughout the South of Market neighborhood and into the museum.
5 - Explore the environmentally sensitive approach on track to achieve LEED Gold certification, with 15% energy-cost reduction, 30% water-use reduction, and 20% reduction in wastewater generation.