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The architecture of the Gardner Palace is indeed a smorgasbord. There is a little of everything. What makes it an improbable masterwork is the power of Gardner’s imagination… Renzo Piano, the architect of the Gardner’s new wing… had to figure out how you add to the amazing original.
— Architecture critic Robert Campbell, 2014
A Transparent Ground Floor
Each feature of the New Wing was put in place to create a memorable experience for the Museum’s visitors, starting with the diaphanous exterior. The first floor is sheathed in glass, and as a result is open to the elements, the gardens, and the surrounding neighborhood.
The Living Room
Reminding visitors that the Gardner Museum was first a home, the Living Room is a relaxed spot where visitors can dip into the library of art books, learn more about the collection, or just charge their phones.
The Grand Staircase
Modeled after Michelangelo’s staircases in Rome and Florence, but with a modern twist, the glass staircase was a place for looking into the gardens, for viewing the historic Museum, and for ascending to the music hall and contemporary exhibition space.
In this acoustically advanced music space, in a single cube 40’ by 40’ in size, audience and musicians are close together, creating intimate performances.
The Exterior Cladding
The exterior is clad with corrugated copper that plays off of the copper of the historic building’s façade. It is already patinated but it will turn greener over time.
The outside of the building has been designed so that a portion of it is given over to a revolving stream of Artists-in-Residence whose work is showcased for six months at a time.