The Joslyn Art Museum announced on Oct. 17 that the international architecture firm, Snøhetta, will lead the expansion for the museum.
Snøhetta’s work around the globe features designs informed by human interaction in a multi-disciplinary approach with its dedication to sustainability made it the committee’s unanimous choice.
The 30-year-old firm, under founding partner Craig Dykers, began with the revival of the ancient library of Alexandria, Egypt. Snøhetta’s work is highlighted in the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York City, the redesign of the public space in Times Square and the expansion to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
“Together with Joslyn’s rich collections of art spanning the globe and its dynamic relationship with the communities that sustain it create a powerful platform to begin designing the next phase of its life, for future generations,” noted Dykers in Joslyn’s press release. “All of us at Snøhetta are energized and honored to be a part of the work.”
The architecture firm was selected by a committee composed of Joslyn staff and Omaha community leaders. The committee conducted an expansive search for an architect with multiple international firms in line for the project, as stated by the Joslyn’s press release.
The Joslyn’s press release says that the expansion will be transformative for the Museum, the city of Omaha and Nebraska. The new structure will complement and enhance Joslyn’s original 1931 Memorial Building and 1994 Walter and Suzanne Scott Pavilion addition, which were designed by Norman Foster.
The planned expansion is intended to transform the Joslyn for the 21st century. New galleries will showcase art in an architecturally inspiring space, according to the Joslyn press release. It will support more public programs and art education opportunities already offered by the Joslyn, and it will heighten the environment and experience for all visitors.
“Joslyn leaders began discussing an expansion about two years ago,” Joslyn executive director and CEO Jack Becker said in an email. “There is a need for increased gallery space, and the demand for art education via public programming. … An expansion now allows us to address both needs.”