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The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

The eagerly- awaited renovation of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) finally opened to public on May 14th. Debuted in 1995 with an original project by italian architect Mario Botta, the new transformational expansion has been assigned in 2013 to norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta.

The new museum accommodates the significant growth of SFMOMA’s collection, program and visitorship, nearly tripling the museum’s gallery space, including nearly 45,000 square feet of free public-access space and weaving SFMOMA into its urban setting as never before.

The expansion provides galleries well-tailored to the collections on view, and the gallery design rigorously eliminates visual clutter and emphasizes simplicity.

The façade of the Snøhetta expansion, inspired in part by the fog and the waters of the San Francisco Bay, comprises more than 700 uniquely-shaped FRP (fiberglass-reinforced polymer) panels affixed to a curtain-wall system to create rippling horizontal bands which appear to shift in appearance with the changing light.


// Il tanto atteso allargamento e rinnovo degli spazi del San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) ha finalmente aperto al pubblico con una grande festa lo scorso 14 Maggio. Inaugurato nel 1995 con progetto originale dell’architetto italiano Mario Botta, la nuova espansione trasformazionale è stata affidata nel 2013 allo studio norvegese Snøhetta.

Il nuovo museo ospita il significativo arricchimento della collezione del SFMOMA, del suo programma e del suo rapporto con i visitatori, quasi triplicando gli spazi delle gallerie, che includono 29000m² di spazi liberi con pubblico accesso ed il coinvolgimento del museo nella scena urbana come non si era mai visto prima.

L’espansione prevede gallerie pensate su misura sulle collezioni esposte, ed il loro progetto ha teso ad eliminare il disordine visivo e ad enfatizzarne la semplicità.

La nuova facciata, ispirata in parte alla nebbia e all’acqua della baia di San Francisco, consta di più di 700 pannelli  in FRP (polimero di vetroresina rinforzato) applicati ad un sistema curtain-wall al fine di ricreare bande orizzontali increspate che sembrano spostarsi con la luce in continuo mutamento.

SFMOMA façade of Snøhetta expansion; photo: Jon McNeal, © Snøhetta.

SFMOMA façade of Snøhetta expansion; photo: Jon McNeal, © Snøhetta.

Pat and Bill Wilson Sculpture Terrace featuring Alexander Calder’s sculpture Maquette for Trois Disques (Three Disks), formerly Man (1967) and the living wall, designed by Habitat Horticulture; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

Pat and Bill Wilson Sculpture Terrace featuring Alexander Calder’s sculpture Maquette for Trois Disques (Three Disks), formerly Man (1967) and the living wall, designed by Habitat Horticulture; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

The Campaign for Art: Contemporary exhibition; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

The Campaign for Art: Contemporary exhibition; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

The Campaign for Art: Contemporary exhibition; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

The Campaign for Art: Contemporary exhibition; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

The Campaign for Art: Modern and Contemporary exhibition featuring a selection of chairs each of a single material; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

The Campaign for Art: Modern and Contemporary exhibition featuring a selection of chairs each of a single material; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

A City Gallery at SFMOMA featuring Untitled by Joel Shapiro (1989); photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

A City Gallery at SFMOMA featuring Untitled by Joel Shapiro (1989); photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection exhibition; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

Approaching American Abstraction: The Fisher Collection exhibition; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

Roberts Family Gallery featuring Richard Serra’s Sequence (2006) at SFMOMA; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

Roberts Family Gallery featuring Richard Serra’s Sequence (2006) at SFMOMA; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

Alexander Calder’s Untitled (1963) on view in the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium at the new SFMOMA; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

Alexander Calder’s Untitled (1963) on view in the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Atrium at the new SFMOMA; photo: © Iwan Baan, courtesy SFMOMA.

The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo: Jon McNeal, © Snøhetta.

The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo: Jon McNeal, © Snøhetta.

Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.

Snøhetta expansion of the new SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam, courtesy SFMOMA.


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