These buildings, each incredible in their own right, are wanting for a strategic unification that creates a real civic place, clear orientation and a coherent experience of the entire museum. With this in mind we have designed a Welcome Center at the heart of the campus that provides ticketing and amenities at the ground floor with access to all wings of the museum. On the second floor of the Welcome Center is an immense grand events space seeming to hover above the grounds; 25' high lites of glass make this a veritable living room in the city.
In addition to the Welcome Center we are designing a major renovation and enhancement to the Gio Ponti towers and the site. We are upgrading the energy performance of the towers, which includes replacing all exterior insulated walls from the inside, so as not to disturb the original glass tile facades. We are also transforming spaces for learning and engagement, building on their pioneering efforts in arts education to enhance quality and reach, celebrating and unlocking human potential through the arts.