Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s light-filled Contemporary Art + Design Wing that opened on March 20, connects the built environment with the natural world in every project he undertakes. The Contemporary Art + Design Wing is no exception.
When asked about his approach to the design of the new space, Phifer responds that he was “inspired by the image of walking into a white cloud” to design “a collection of spaces defined by soft curving walls that dissolve the separation between the art, atmosphere, light and space.”
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In this Behind the Glass lecture, Phifer discusses the inspiration, design process, and profound influence of glass in creating the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and how his focus on honoring the material inspired the spirit and architecture of this incredible new space.