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.
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.
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.
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.
An outdoor sculpture garden and adjacent café are situated atop the galleries, providing breathtaking views of the city against the Smokey Mountains.
Galleries, Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Café, Education, Library, Administrative Space