New Art Building For VCU

VCU announces new Art Institute building for Broad and Belvidere.

“Today, VCU is unveiling the design for the three-story, 38,000-square-foot building, which will be built with private funds and is expected to open in 2015. Holl, whose work includes the Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, designed the project with Chris McVoy.

The institute will provide a venue for art in the broadest sense of the term, said Joseph H. Seipel, dean of VCU’s School of the Arts.

The building’s zinc exterior will have a pre-weathered patina that was selected to complement and contrast with surrounding brick structures, Holl said. It also will have clear and translucent glass walls to add transparency and bring in natural light.

In the center of the building will be a two-story “forum,” a flexible meeting area that connects to the ground-floor performance space and opens to the sculpture garden and café.

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2 Responses to “New Art Building For VCU”

  1. Apparently, I’m the only one who thinks this one drawing is dreadful.

  2. It’s no doubt that there is alot suspect architecture in this town but VCU is sure building on a grand scale these days and all of it is really well done. I wish they had done better on their MCV site where the Egyptian building and other historical buildings are in a hodgepodge of bad architecture.

    Thought this was interesting : “But this project, which will be built on the vacant southwest corner of Broad and Belvidere, will transform and give character to one the busiest intersections in Richmond, he said.

    The noise from the intersection will be muted by the shape of the building, which will shelter the sculpture garden, he said. The sculpture garden will face Pine Street on the west side of the lot. A second-floor sculpture terrace will front on Broad.”

    This is the latest museum locally built that I have like the best :

    I also liked the old wing the Lewis’s built at VMFA better than the new but can’t fault all the extra space. Things change………

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