The new wing and is tucked directly behind the restored Georgian era mansion, and its scale mimics the classic proportions of the original estate. The design, however, diverges dramatically with its boxy facade composed of glass and black ceramic. The building’s facade transforms completely from the winged opaque top gallery to the glass-walled ground floor café.
Ceramic fins wrap the upper levels, which hold the main gallery. The facade subtly transitions at the second level with a wrap-around low-iron glass screen. The double skin of glass and ceramic tile controls heat and light. The bottom floor, which hold the café, is essentially a glass box that melts into the extensive garden adjacent to the museum.
Photos © Helene Binet