A 1.5-acre site fronting on Congress Square
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Portland Society of Art, Portland, Maine
Charles Shipman Payson Building, Portland
Museum of Art
Expansion building for a New England regional museum
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This museum expansion building fronts on a major public square and is literally surrounded by landmarks. The challenge was to
provide extensive new facilities in a way that would respect the living presence of the past on a constricted, awkwardly shaped site. The solution involves an indigenous brick and granite building which, while fronting boldly on the square, steps down amid gardens in the rear in deference to smaller neighbors.
The galleries were designed to celebrate regional masterpieces in the museum's State of Maine Collection. Spaces both
intimate and grand were required, and lighting both natural and artificial, yet order and coherence were equally essential. To achieve these goals, identical spatial units (21' x 21' x 13') were variously combined to form diverse gallery configurations within the unified whole. The visitor thus encounters a rich but disciplined elaboration of space throughout. Domed clerestories illuminate the collection with controlled daylight as they shape and animate the interior.
expansion building revitalizes PMA (Maine's oldest public art museum) to better serve modern needs. It provides new public facilities, infrastructure/support and 15,000 s/f of additional exhibition space (five times more than in the two historic houses that comprise the original museum).
15,000 s/f skylit exhibition galleries, 200-seat auditorium, library, museum shop, administrative offices, boardroom, conference and meeting rooms, storage and work areas, landscaped gardens
American Institute of Architects, Portland (Maine) Chapter: 25 Year Award
I. M. Pei & Partners services
Complete Architectural Services; Interior Design; coordination with associate architect on construction documents and construction administration
Terrien Architects, Portland, ME
Skilling, Helle, Christiansen, Robertson, New York, NY
Kunstadt Associates, New York, NY
Jules Fisher & Paul Marantz, New York, NY
Hanna/Olin, Philadelphia, PA