Wednesday, January 03, 2007

The Art Institute Flaps a Bit about its Wings

A missive from the Art Institute of Chicago arrived the other day with a playbook update on the latest about their mass renovation. Mark your scorecards accordingly:

Allerton Building - Main Building
  • Built in 1893
  • Designed by Boston architects Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge
  • Renamed Allerton Building in 1968 after long-time Trustee
  • Collection now needs to be "resintalled"
  • Architect for reinstallation is Vinci/Hamp

Morton Building

  • Built in 1962
  • Just south of the Allerton Building
  • Architect not noted on AIC website
  • Collection now needs to be reinstalled there, too.
  • Architect for the reinstallation is Workshop Hakomori Yantrasast (wHY)
Modern Wing
  • Due to open in 2009
  • Designed by architect Renzo Piano
  • Will add 65,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 30% increase

Please, please, never ever any "MoWi" OK?

Photo Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago. The image is of a "flying carpet" sunscreen planned for Piano's addition.

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