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The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) announced further details of its approximately 235,000-square-foot building expansion that will support the museum’s increasing role in city life and the international art community, with more free-to-the-public space, expanded education programs for schoolchildren, more flexible space to accommodate performance-based work, and significantly reduced environmental impact. Developed in collaboration with the architecture firm Snøhetta, SFMOMA’s expanded home is on track to begin construction in Summer of 2013 and will reopen in early 2016.

Features of the new
building include:

A versatile “white box” space on the fourth floor that will provide the flexibility and infrastructure necessary for the increasingly performance-based art of today.

A living wall in a new outdoor sculpture terrace that will be the largest vertical garden in San Francisco, using a combination of rain and waste water to support native plants—just one example of SFMOMA’s commitment to sustainability.

An expansive admission-free gallery on the ground floor off Howard Street with 25-foot-high glass walls that will now place large-scale art on view to passersby for the first time and feature generous stepped seating, offering a place for visitors to gather and linger.

And behind the scenes, state-of-the-art conservation studios on the seventh and eighth floors that will further SFMOMA’s progressive work in the care and interpretation of its collections.


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