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    SFMOMA’s new Snøhetta-designed stair, shown here with previous atrium art installation by Sol LeWitt (inaugural art installation for 2016 reopening to be announced); rendering by Steelblue SFMOMA’s new Snøhetta-designed stair, shown here with previous atrium art installation by Sol LeWitt (inaugural art installation for 2016 reopening to be announced); rendering by Steelblue

    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.”

    Read the full press release here, and learn more about our expansion here.

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