Construction is underway on the $555 million expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) located in the city’s vibrant South of Market neighbourhood.
When the new 235,000-square-foot building opens in 2016, it will offer, among other things, more flexible galleries to accommodate live performances and large-scale works of art and, according to a news release, “field-leading contributions to global standards of energy efficiency for art museums.” A conversion to energy-saving LED lighting systems in the galleries, a lighting control system that responds to changing daylight and recirculated water are examples of the extensive green features being integrated.
The new building will include seven levels devoted to art experiences and programs, approximately 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gallery space, as well as nearly 15,000 square feet of art-filled, free-access public space.
A few of the more unique venues in the new building are a new outdoor sculpture terrace with a large-scale vertical garden of native plants, a 7th floor outdoor terrace with “incredible” city views, and a versatile, double-height “white box” space equipped with cutting-edge lighting and sound systems. The “white box” will offer new possibilities for live performance, theater-in-the-round configurations, multiscreen projections and special installations. It will have a designated entrance and will also accommodate after-hours special events and catering.
SFMOMO spokesperson Robyn Wise says, “several of the new venues will be available for a wide range of private events.”