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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition

Originally constructed in 1902, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum chose Renzo Piano’s team to provide a dynamic new addition that has moved the traditional museum into a new era of curatorial excellence and record membership. The $114 million addition includes gallery space, conservation studios, executive offices, a music hall, a greenhouse, artists-in-residence housing, and art storage. Glass and copper volumes are respectfully positioned to support the architectural presence of the existing palace.

As part of the Burt Hill Architect of Record team, members of the Saam team played critical roles in the design and construction of this landmark design project by Renzo Piano, who provided a new vision for the aging Venetian-style palazzo. The Burt Hill team collaborated on design development through project completion and assisted Renzo Piano in their first Revit project.

2012 BSA People’s Choice Award
2015 Harleston Parker Award


Renzo Piano Building Workshop / Design Architect
Burt Hill / Architect of Record
Shawmut Design and Construction / Contractor
BuroHappold Engineering / Structural + MEP Engineer


Photos © Nic Lehoux

  • Location:

    Boston, MA

  • Completion:


  • Size:

    70,000 sf