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Steven Holl’s Modern Art Museum is a Luminous Iceberg
The winner of the 2008 AIA Institute Honor Award along with a slew of other awards and recognitions (even one from Vanity Fair), the Bloch Building has helped put Steven Holl on the map as well as the Kansas City cultural scene. Designed to create contrast, the project was envisioned as a “Feather to the Stone” of the original museum. Light, airy, open and outwardly directed, the extension consists of a series of five “light lenses” that feature open floor plans, views of the surrounding sculpture gardens, and light-filled spaces. The light lenses are made of translucent glass and serve to gather, diffuse and refract light into the museum during the day, providing a naturally daylit interior. At night, the interior lighting shines out of the lenses to illuminate the museum like a glowing beacon.
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