The University has selected an architectural firm for an expansion of the U-M Museum of Art. The $35 million project will renovate the existing museum as well as add an addition nearly doubling its size. The firm said in a released statement that the project “provides the unique opportunity to create a thoughtful and delicate dialogue between historical and contemporary architecture, to forge a singular new identity for the Museum of Art, yet with multiple purposes and perceptions.” If you cut through the jargon, they’re saying they face a tough task: double the size of a old museum on a cramped site without destroying its unique character. Built in 1910, the art museum’s building, Alumni Memorial Hall was constructed originally to commemorate U-M alumni who died during the Civil War.

Author: Rob