Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition
© Nic Lehoux / Renzo Piano Building Workshop

A dynamic new addition that has moved the traditional museum into a new era of curatorial excellence and record membership.

Location
Boston, MA
Completion
2012
Size
70,000 sf
DesignTeam
(at Burt Hill)
Koos Louw, Principal-in-Charge (operations)
Diana Nicklaus, Project Architect
Diana Ostberg, Project Architect, BIM Manager
Ed Bourget, QAQC
 
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Design Architect
Burt Hill, Architect of Record
Shawmut, Contractor
Buro Hapold, Structural MEP Engineer

The original Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was constructed in 1902. The 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.

Glass and copper volumes are respectfully positioned to support the architectural presence of the existing palace. The addition includes gallery space, conservation studios, executive offices, a music hall, a green hosue, artists-in-residence housing, and art storage.

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. Piano provided a new vision for the aging Venetian style palazzo which has moved the traditional museum into a new era of curatorial excellence and record membership. The Burt Hill team collaborated on design development through project completion, and assisted Renzo Piano in its first Revit project. The $114 million addition includes gallery space, conservation studios, executive offices, a music hall, a greenhouse, artists-in-residence housing, and art storage.

2012 BSA People’s Choice Award
2015 Harleston Parker Award
LEED Gold