Studio Gang unites Arkansas Museum of Fantastic Arts buildings with folded concrete cover

Chicago-based Studio Gang has accomplished the general of the Arkansas Museum of Fantastic Arts in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the addition of a sculptural folded concrete roof.

The Jeanne Gang-led studio, united eight earlier buildings, which were constructed for the museum complicated because it opened in 1937, with the concrete cover.

Studio Gang accomplished the Arkansas Museum of Fantastic Arts in Little Rock

The 133,000-square-foot (44,333 sq. metre) construction weaves between the prevailing buildings, increasing the gallery house and programming house and connecting the remainder of the construction.

With an entrance at every finish the concrete roof narrows and expands because it passes by the complicated, main the studio to explain the construction as “stem-like” because it narrows between the prevailing buildings and “blossom[s] outward” on the perimeter.

Arkansas Museum of Fine Art by Studio Gang
The restaurant entrance opens onto the park

Gang mentioned that the construction was designed not solely to attach all the prevailing buildings, but in addition open the museum as much as the encompassing parkland and the neighborhood.

“The Arkansas Museum of Fantastic Arts has been a beloved neighborhood anchor since its founding, however over time its important additions had resulted in a constructing that was remoted from the neighborhood and park,” she mentioned.

“We noticed the design as a possibility to reconnect the constructing with its environment and to reimagine the prevailing buildings in ways in which would welcome guests and all the vibrant, artistic actions happening inside could be supported.”

Studio Gang art deco facade
The construction is elevated to create a courtyard entrance house

Manufactured from skinny cast-in-place panels organized at angles, the folded concrete roof seems to be like “pleats” that add to the plant-like aesthetic that the studio aimed to realize.

Past an aesthetic choice, the type of the concrete roof was designed to intensify the sunshine getting into the construction and to direct the rainwater throughout Arkansas’ wet Spring and Autumn months.

Wood ceiling in Cultural Living Room
The Cultural Dwelling Room was positioned within the elevated part

One facet of the construction was elevated on stilts, and the roof graduates down because it reaches the alternative facet, which is a single story and holds the museum’s park facet restaurant.

Each of the entrances are coated by the roof because it cantilevers above the glass entryways.

Arkansas Fine Art Museum interior
Gallery house, lecture areas and labs have been renovated

Passing underneath the elevated part, guests enter a courtyard house {that a} construction that connects the museum with the Cultural Dwelling Room passes above.

The primary entrance, clad in stone to mirror the unique facades of the 1937 limestone construction, could be accessed by the courtyard, which includes a bronze sculpture by British artist Henry Moore.

Guests move by the artwork deco entrance to a triple-heigh atrium, the place a “grand staircase” leads as much as the second-floor galleries and to the Cultural Dwelling Room.

Along with the prolonged viewing areas, the construction holds a lecture corridor, a college, and a analysis lab.

Grey wall galleries
Wooden was used all through the design

The interiors characteristic wood ceilings and polished concrete flooring, and the graduated roof permits for clerestory home windows to convey gentle into the constructing all through.

Studio Gang additionally famous the shut relationship that the panorama structure, which was carried out by New York-based SCAPE, performed within the total design.

SCAPE carried out an 11-acre renovation of the encompassing house that provides further social and viewing areas to the complicated. The rainwater collected within the roof’s channels will likely be used to water the greenery.

Studio Gang art gallery.
All the buildings on the Arkansas Museum of Fantastic Arts at the moment are united

In line with the studio, the combination of the prevailing buildings additionally marks an “ongoing dedication” to reuse that has Gang has expressed.

“AMFA marks the newest instance of Studio Gang’s ongoing dedication to the artistic reuse of present buildings,” mentioned the structure studio.

“To mitigate the affect of embodied carbon in structure, the agency actively seems to be for tactics to reimagine buildings that exist already – from delicate additions to present museum campuses to reinventions of commercial buildings.”

This ethos is mirrored in one other upcoming constructing by the studio, the Gilder Middle in New York, which integrates a number of preexisting buildings of the Pure Historical past Museum in Manhattan.

The pictures is by Iwan Baan.

Venture credit:

Design architect: Studio Gang
Panorama architect: SCAPE
Affiliate architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Structural engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
Civil engineer: McClelland Consulting Engineers
MEP engineer: dbHMS
Acoustical, theatrical, and AV designer: Arup
Price estimator: Venue Consulting
Lighting designer: Licht Kunst Licht
Venture supervisor: Ascent
Common contractor: Nabholz, Pepper, Doyne