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Museum of Contemporary Art

Typology: Museum

Size:400 000 sqft

Location: Columbus, OH

Date: Spring 2008

Instructor: Robert Livesey, FAIA

The conceptualization of the Columbus Museum of Art was as a series of physically discontinuous galleries that retained a level of continuation based upon their organization and juxtaposition within the buildings envelope. The envelope itself is reaction to a number of external and internal stimuli that push and pull it into shape. The galleries of the museum interact with the envelope to create a number of implied galleries for exhibition work or gathering spaces for patrons of the museum that are not disruptive to the viewing of the collection. While the organization of the pavilion galleries appears, at first glance, to be random and chaotic they are in fact responding to each other of the ground floor as well as the roof. The procession through the galleries is not dictated allowing for the free movement giving the individual to structure their own experience as they see fit. Their is an implied circulation path the gives the opportunity for larger groups to remain together during their tour and the residual spaces between galleries gives the group collecting spaces. The roof of the museum continues a number of the galleries creating a space for the expansive collection as well as a way to integrate the museum's rooftop sculpture garden with its galleries.

Level 1: Galleries | Exhibition Hall | Event Space| Education Center | Administration
Level 2: Galleries | Sculpture Garden | Event Space
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