Tacoma Art Museum: Front Exterior--page 1 (of 5 pages)

Antoine Predock
1701 Pacific Avenue

Five pages including:
front exterior
sides and back exterior
entrance foyer--interior
stone garden and Chihuly exhibit
upstairs interior
In 2003, the 68 year old arts organization began a new life in its 50,000 square foot facility with 12,000 square feet of exhibit space as well as classrooms, research facilities, offices, a cafe, and a museum shop. New Mexico architect Antoine Predock wanted this building to relate to the environment so that aesthetic determined the use of stone, wood, and glass--glass walls to allow for the views of the distant mountains. In addition, he used stainless steel to relate to the industrial environment nearby comprised of the port and bridges.

Spare, planar architecture

Instead of attempting to relate this building to the neighboring early 20th century grand domed Union Station, the architect designed an elegant, relatively simple geometric building with shifting light patterns in the interior.

A two-story front

While the Pacific Avenue side of the building is two stories, it is partially raised on stilts on the side and rear, where there are four stories. A wise plan, it can be enlarged easily. See Plan.

A front loggia, the top of which is an upstairs outdoor patio

Continue to page 2--sides and rear exterior.

Work consulted: Building Tradition. Tacoma: Tacoma Art Museum, 2003. [official guide]

See also Predock's Dell Butcher Hall at Rice University.

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