Harvard's New Art Museum: It's a Building
Entering its last year of construction, the wraps have come off the $350M Renzo Piano historic restoration and expansion of the former Fogg Art Museum. It finally looks like a building. (Or is it a metaphor for the loss of innocence? We'll have to look at it for a long time before we give an artistic opinion.) All but three walls of the original 1927 building were demolished. Steel columns were erected to reinforce the facade, a new foundation poured, and new MEP systems and the signature steel-and-glass roof system installed. The Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler museums, which together comprise one of the largest US art collections, will start moving soon into the 204k SF redeveloped space at 32 Quincy St in Cambridge. The new building is slated to open next year.