Two blocks in downtown Manchester were transformed, doubling the amount of space for exhibits, programs and visitor services, while maintaining the appealing, intimate scale of New Hampshire’s only public art museum and one of the finest regional institutions. The placement of two additions and reconsideration of existing ones builds on the Beaux Arts symmetry of the original plan, while offering a fresh interpretation of the building’s restrained classicism. A north addition features a new lobby and expanded visitor services. On the south, three new galleries surround an enclosed Winter Garden, showcasing the Museum’s original façade and providing a unique year-round space for a café, receptions and performances.
“Strong architectural principles were used in this project: elevation, section, plan, solid vs. void, daylighting in bold moves. At the same time it uses a strong international language. It is a sensitively done addition, solving a difficult problem. … The building celebrates both art and architecture.”
–Honor Award Citation, American Institute of Architects, New Hampshire Chapter