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The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia
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The Barnes Foundation by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects

The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

The sober, handsome, and exquisitely detailed museum, designed by the New York City architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien is located in Philadelphia. The building offers a rare combination of material richness and spatial ingenuity. The design was predicated on the arrangement of the galleries within the original building and a desire to invite new programs into the scheme, such as a garden and classrooms.

The new building aims for LEED Platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The design offers a series of outdoor rooms and spaces that unfold as visitors approach the building, passing through the public gardens en route to the entrance. The architects have added interstitial rooms, including a glass-enclosed interior garden to give visitors a breather from this incredibly dense arrangement of paintings. The material choices for the building are highly specific, which express weight and permanence in relation to the contents of the building.

View from 21st Street


Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects

Room 18, north west view

Lower Lobby, looking into the Gallery Garden and Library

Road Side view Rendering

The Barnes Foundation Rendering



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