by , 05/31/07

David Adjaye, new render, Museum of contemporary art, Denver

David Adjaye’s first US commission, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, is still on target to receive LEED Gold Certification once it is finished, making it the first LEED Certified museum in the country. The 27,000 sq.ft museum will feature a roof garden to be designed by Artists Kim Dickey and landscape architect Karla Dakin, which should increase the insulation levels and help stabilize the temperature in the building. It will also use 40 percent less energy than a standard building. Check out the renderings, created by Studio Yli Suvanto.

The design philosophy of the museum: “We wanted to build a museum where the design supports rather than defines the mission,” said Cydney Payton, director of the museum, in an interview for the Denver Post. We like the way she thinks. (Via Denver infill blog)

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+ Shape sustains its mission @ The Denver Post

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  1. Patrick June 7, 2007 at 5:19 pm


    Just curious why you changed the glass. The rendering is a bit decieving because it does not reflect the infill develpment that has occured around the museum. The museum is no longer an object in the landscape but part of the street facade. The luminocity of the frosted looking glass created quited a different atmosphere than the smoked does. Still excited about the building, just wondering about the reason for the change.

    Thanks, Patrick

  2. Nick Simpson June 1, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    More great architecture by Adjaye…

  3. John Paananen June 1, 2007 at 12:04 pm

    The Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan has a museum expansion project that opens to the public in October. It is also up for LEED Certification, although, it is not specified at what certification level.

    John Paananen

  4. Emily May 31, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you for the heads-up, Deb. We have changed the order of the renderings accordingly to reflect these changes.

    Emily Pilloton
    Managing Editor

  5. Deb May 31, 2007 at 5:44 pm


    I work for the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and I just wanted to let you know that the building rendering you have posted at the top is no longer correct. We have changed the glass we are using. The Rendering with the dark glass you have posted 2 images below is correct. Thank you for blogging about our new building.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Best regards,

    Deb Robison

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