Asheville Art Museum

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Asheville Art Museum

The expansion and renovation design dramatically transforms the Museum’s identity, creating a contemporary center for the arts in the heart of Asheville’s historic downtown district.

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The design reveals the arts to the city through the building’s transparent north-facing glass wall, highlighting the civic role of this vital new arts destination.

Susan T. Rodriguez, Design Partner
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Carefully balancing the historical existing building with a striking modern addition, the building more than doubles the Museum’s existing space.

The expansion defines the Museum’s identity and the public experience; the renovated historic library building that formerly comprised the entire Museum now accommodates education, library and administrative spaces.

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New galleries highlight the permanent collection from western North Carolina and the ever-expanding work of Black Mountain College alumni.

Highly flexible temporary exhibit galleries are located on two levels directly adjacent to the main entry to the Museum.

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An outdoor sculpture garden and adjacent café are situated atop the galleries, providing breathtaking views of the city against the Smokey Mountains.

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Details

Year
2013 (concept)
Location
Asheville, NC
Size
50,000 GSF
Program
Galleries, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Café, Education, Library, Administrative Space

Team

Design Partner
Susan T. Rodriguez
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Project Manager
Joanne Sliker
Project Architect
Charles Brainerd
Design Team
Kate Mann, Alex O'Briant, Harry Park, Julia Radcliffe

Press

  • 2009
    • Motsinger, Carol. "Asheville Art Museum Heads for Next Cultural Level" (Citizen Times, 12/6/2009)

Consultants

Structural
Silman
MEP
Altieri Sebor Wieber LLC Consulting Engineers
Lighting
George Sexton Associates
Graphics
Pentagram Design, Inc.
Acoustics
Shen Milsom & Wilke
Security
Ducibella Venter & Santore
Specifications
Construction Specifications, Inc.
Code/Life Safety
Hughes Associates, Inc.
Cost Estimating
M. T. Peters & Associates Inc.
Elevator
Iros Elevator Design Services, Inc.
Consulting Architects
Rogers/Chenevert Architects
Construction Manager
Beverly-Grant