The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Model of Renzo Piano-Designed West Building Now on View at the Kimbell Art Museum
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas. South view of the building design, 2010. Renzo Piano, architect © Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
FORT WORTH, TX.- A detailed scale model of Renzo Piano’s design for the Kimbell Art Museum’s new west building is now on display in the Museum’s lobby. “The model is beautiful,” commented Eric M. Lee, the Museum’s director. “It will provide visitors with a clearer understanding of how the new building relates to the Kahn building and how it will be positioned in the landscape.”

The new Piano-designed building consists of two connected structures: the first, facing and echoing the west front of the Kahn building; the second, running parallel in the rear. A spacious, travertine-clad lobby containing a café, store, and coat-check occupies the center of the front pavilion, with major exhibition galleries extending to the north and south. A third gallery, as well as an auditorium, library, and education center, will be housed in the rear pavilion, which will be topped with a green roof, upon which visitors will be able to walk and enjoy recreational activities.

Along its central axis, the Piano building will be transparent, allowing views through various spaces and layers of glass, from the front entrance to the light well in the double-height, rear auditorium.

Unseen to viewers, the new building will achieve important energy savings. The floating glass roof atop the lobby pavilion supports a system of photovoltaic panels that shade direct sun, filter daylight, and generate enough power to offset up to 50% of the carbon produced by the building’s annual operations. LED lights, light-filtering window-shade systems, and a robust glazing system will also be used to control light levels. The green roof atop the rear structure reduces heating and cooling demands and insulates the interior from sounds overhead, which is of particular benefit to the auditorium within. The green roof also shelters a third gallery that is not top-lit and therefore suitable for especially light-sensitive works. Some 140 geothermal wells, dug 300 feet into the earth, regulate the climate within the building. A technique called variable air volume (VAV) controls the capacity of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems, providing only the amount needed, not more. The wooden floors of the galleries, auditorium, and ground-floor offices provide a low-velocity ventilation system and an energy-efficient moisture-reclaim system that will greatly reduce the energy required to treat the air in the interior.

The model on view in the Museum’s lobby defines the Kimbell’s city block between Camp Bowie Boulevard, Van Cliburn Way, Lancaster Avenue, and Will Rogers Road as it will look upon construction completion in 2013. It was constructed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa, Italy.

Kimbell Art Museum | Eric M. Lee | Renzo Piano |


Today's News

October 11, 2010

Overview of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Creative Development at Hamburger Kunsthalle

Ai Weiwei Presents New Commission in The Unilever Series at Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

Exceptional Public Exhibitions, Events and Auctions at Christie's During Frieze Week

Rare Nude Study by Czech Photographer Frantisek Drtikol to Sell at Bonhams

British Sculptor Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE to Exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi

Sotheby's to Sell Francis Bacon's Figure In Movement, Gift from the Artist to his Doctor

RM Auctions Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey Event Posts $8.8 Million in Total Sales with 100% of all Lots Sold

Artistic Installations to be Shown in Recently Discovered Labyrinth Beneath London's Waterloo Station

Miami International Art Fair, a New Unique Art Fair Model for the 21st Century

The Christian Stein Collection: A History of Italian Art at the Valencian Institute of Modern Art

Exhibition of New Paintings by Sandra Lerner on Display at June Kelly Gallery in New York

Model of Renzo Piano-Designed West Building Now on View at the Kimbell Art Museum

An Impressive and Comprehensive Collection of Glorious Quilts Celebrate the "Year of the Quilt"

Suchan Kinoshita Exhibits at Museum Ludwig as Part of Winning Fine Arts Prize

Three Emerging London-Based Artists Present 'Transmission' at Haunch of Venison

Largest-Ever Exhibition in Scandinavia of the Work of Alice Neel at Moderna Museet Malmö

Deichtorhallen Hamburg Provides a Comprehensive Insight into the Art of Poul Gernes

Solo Show of Paintings by the American Artist Pat Steir at Galerie Jaeger Bucher

Local Collector's Estate Realizes Over $900,000 at Auction

Major 20th-Century Private Sculpture Collection Goes to Chazen Museum of Art

Picasso to Julie Mehretu: Modern Drawings from the British Museum Collection

Jericho Unveils a Massive 1,200-Year-Old Carpet Mosaic Measuring Nearly 900 Square Meters

Phillips Collection Names Klaus Ottmann Curator at Large

Galerie Michael Janssen Opens First Exhibition with Belgian Artist Joris Van de Moortel

SMU's Meadows and Prado Museum Officials Sign Partnership Agreement in Madrid

Jonas Lipps' "Available Material of the Necessary Time" at Klosterfelde

Christie's Rediscovers a Rare 17th Century Set of Silver Playing Cards to Be Sold in October

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- 'World's oldest message in a bottle', tossed in sea 101 years ago, reaches granddaughter

2.- East-West/West-East: Qatar unveils desert sculpture by American artist Richard Serra

3.- Ming-era 'chicken cup' sells for $36.05 million breaking record for Chinese porcelain

4.- United States pastor Kevin Sutherland convicted over Damien Hirst fake paintings

5.- Major exhibition at Pinacothèque de Paris explores the myth of Cleopatra

6.- Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles opens with inaugural exhibition "Van Gogh Live!"

7.- Landmark exhibition opens in New York exploring the ancient kingdoms of Southeast Asia

8.- Palm-sized scroll that mentions Jesus's wife is ancient: Harvard Theological Review

9.- Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry: British television documentary

10.- Bonhams to sell Madame de Pompadour's favourite porcelain which surfaced in Devon after 350 years

Related Stories



Major Caravaggio exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum, the only U.S. venue

Kimbell Art Museum Presents First Major U.S. Exhibition Devoted to Salvator Rosa

Kimbell Art Museum Commences Construction on Piano-Designed Building

Kimbell Art Museum Unveils Final Design by Renzo Piano for New Building

Rare Guercino Painting Acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum Mourns the Death of Foermer Director Edmund Pillsbury

View of Venice by Bonington Acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum

Filmmaker Philip Haas Presents His New Films Commissioned by the Kimbell Art Museum

Filmmaker Philip Haas Commissioned to Create Films for Kimbell Art Museum's Summer Exhibition



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site