I’m from Houston originally and one of the best things about the city, is the Menil Collection, one of my favorite museums. The building designed by Renzo Piano, is part of a series of structures in a residential neighborhood in a 30-acre complex designed by David Chipperfield Architects, that includes Piano’s Cy Twombly Gallery, the Dan Flavin Installation at Richmond Hall, and the Rothko Chapel by Philip Johnson & John Burgee.
The Menil Collection just unveiled details on the new Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), designed by L.A.-based Johnston Marklee. The building will be the first freestanding facility in the U.S. created especially for the exhibition, study, storage, and conservation of modern and contemporary drawings. Johnston Marklee’s design begins…
“Enclosed volumes set between these courtyards provide the main areas for the MDI’s programs. A living room – both a circulation spine and a gathering place – runs between the west and east entrance courtyards. On the living room’s south side, the space opens into the exhibition galleries. On the north, the living room gives access to administrative offices on one side of the scholars’ cloister and to study rooms and the conservation lab on the other.”
I look forward to visiting it sometime in 2017. For more info go here.
(Drawing Francis Picabia; via Arch Daily)