Harleston Parker Medal Winner
MFA Art of the Americas Wing
Foster + Partners with CBT Architects
The new grand hall and gallery wing are an outstanding complement to the original Museum building, with the new elements taking on their own strikingly modern identity while maintaining strong visual integration. The expansion implements a significant portion of an overall master plan that included also reorganization and enhancement of the original, with accessibility and reintroduction of intuitive orientation.
The minimalist expression not only allows the focus to be on the art, but goes beyond that to highlight it. The forms of the architecture are strong and clean yet they offer new insights with each layer of closer examination, without yielding a flawed move at any scale of detail, a tribute not only to design but to craftsmanship and execution. Beauty was carried through every space, every scale, and every detail. There is timelessness to the courtyard space, and it transforms and opens the existing museum for light, nature, and people. With this reconfiguration, the MFA crosses the threshold to join the world-class.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Consultants: Weidlinger Associates; Davis Langdon; WSP; Gustafson Guthrie Nichol; George Sexton Associates; Seele GmbM; Nitsch Engineering; Acentech; Van Deusen & Associates; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Hughes Associates; Roll, Barresi & Associates