Frank Gehry recently unveiled new plans to renovate and expand the Philadelphia Art Museum. This major project will transform one of the largest art museums in the U.S. while adding more than 169,000 square feet of new space. An exhibition featuring the proposal, designed in collaboration between Gehry and landscape architect OLIN, will open July 1, 2014, and will remain on view until September.
The masterplan includes the existing museum building, from the east entrance facing Center City to the west entrance overlooking the Schuylkill River. Most of the changes planned for the existing building will be done within the interior. These will include the renovation of the great stair hall and the entrance area. New gallery and educational spaces will be added and accommodated bellow the east terrace.
The project envisions reopening the public entrance on the north side of the museum, which has been closed since the 1970s. A 299-seat auditorium will be accessible from the Kelly Drive entrance, located right next to a grand vaulted corridor that runs 640 feet from the north to the south side of the museum.
The exhibition of the new masterplan will also feature large scale models, historical architectural drawings, photos and videos of the site and building.