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Cleveland Museum of Art Renovation Atrium

Photographer: Brad Feinknopf

Architect/Designer: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Client: Rafael Vinoly Architects

Location: Cleveland, OH

Shoot Date:
November 08, 2012
The Cleveland Museum of Art, one of the country's largest and most important art institutions, was built in 1916 by local architects Hubbell & Benes as a grand Greek revival pavilion, situated at the head of a pastoral park and lagoon landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers. However, subsequent additions--including a noteworthy education wing by modern architect Marcel Breuer--obscured the rational plan of the original structure with a disjointed, confusing warren of spaces. In 2001, Rafael Viñoly Architects won the commission to resolve these conditions with an expansion and renovation, creating a coherent organization of galleries that accommodates projected growth and unifies disparate architectural vocabularies into a singular composition.
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