FROM OUR PRESS ROOM: SFMOMA UNVEILS NEW GRAND STAIR DESIGN
We are pleased to unveil renderings of the Snøhetta-designed grand stair that will greet visitors in the museum’s existing Haas Atrium and invite them into the heart of our new 235,000-square-foot building expansion, currently under construction and slated for completion in early 2016.
Embracing architect Mario Botta’s original atrium design, the new stair will enhance the space for the display of art and allow a more direct experience of natural light streaming down from the oculus, which will be visible as a complete circle for the first time. The stair will also serve as a key bridge between the existing and new parts of the building, integrating them into a seamless whole.
“With its beautiful floating geometry and open feel, Snøhetta’s stair signals a new direction that is respectful of the existing architecture yet very forward-looking,” says SFMOMA Director Neal Benezra. “In many ways, it’s emblematic of the way the overall expansion design marries the visions of two great architects to create an entirely new visitor experience.”