Akron Art Museum Addition & Expansion

In collaboration with Coop Himmelb(l)au, Diana Nicklaus completed construction documentation for this high-profile museum

Akron, OH
63,300 sf
Project Team
Diana Nicklaus, Project Architect (at Westlake Reed Leskosky)

Over the last 20 years, increased public interest in Akron Art Museum’s exhibits and programs dictated a need for a larger space. Diana Nicklaus was Project Architect as part of the Architect of Record team and worked directly with the design architect on this high-profile project.

The museum’s new addition allows room for special exhibitions and increased facility space for educational workshops. Three elements comprise the structure of the expansion: the “Crystal”, a three-story glass encased lobby, the “Gallery Box”, a flexible gallery space that projects over portions of the lobby, and the “High Roof”, a floating armature that extends over both old and new portions of the building. Such a striking construction marks the building not only as an attractive destination, but also as a cultural, multi-use landmark.