Denver Art Museum unveils completed design for new $11.5 million administrative building designed by Roth Sheppard
An excerpt from Ray Rinaldi's article:
"The last time the Denver Art Museum rolled out a significant new building, things didn’t work as well as administrators hoped. After a much-hyped dog-and-pony show featuring architects near and far, DAM selected Daniel Libeskind to make its Frederic C. Hamilton addition in 2006.
It would be generous to say that a lot of people don’t like the $110 million expansion with its pointy ends and slanted exhibition walls. Libeskind is revered, but this isn’t widely considered one of his masterpieces. The building can feel distant, illogical and inconvenient.
So, it’s not all that surprising that this time around, when it comes to constructing a new administration building, DAM isn’t asking for any input from the general public or playing up the addition of a new piece of architecture in the Museum District. The museum announced the building officially Thursday with ground set to break any day now. The design is complete. Done, hope you like it.
The good news is that there is plenty to like. DAM went local this time, employing Roth Sheppard Architects, one of the city’s most respected firms and quite possibly its most creative. The two-story building will have an interesting glass-walled ground floor, with the glass layered in a way that mimics curtain folds. It’s a nice touch that should add some interest to people passing by."
Read the entire article here.