SFMOMA’s expansion / Snøhetta

SFMOMA reveals the design for the museums new expansion, designed by the Norway-based architecture firm Snøhetta. The expansion transforms the current Mario Botta-designed building into a scale that “meets the museum’s mission.” Increased public circulation, flexible gallery space and intuitive navigation are a few of the projects main goals.
The new expansion responds to the physical and urban terrain of San Francisco. A series of stairs and platforms lead visitors into the museum, echoing the cities trademark circulation networks of “paths, stairways, and terracing”. The increased network of pedestrian routes intends to enliven the streets, while free ground-level galleries entice people to enter.