The Sterling and Francis Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, will debut its expansion and renovation on July 4. Selldorf Architects is overseeing the expansion and renovation of the original museum building, a project encompassing the addition 5,000 square feet of gallery space, restoration of existing galleries, a new lighting scheme, and creation of a new west-to-east orientation. The firm also renovated areas in the Manton Research Center to include the new Manton Study Center for Works on Paper and an adjoining gallery, a new public reading room, and a bookstore and coffee bar.
Meanwhile, Tadao Ando Architects is responsible for the new Visitor Center, which includes 11,000 square feet of gallery space for special exhibitions, dining and retail outlets, and an all-glass pavilion that creates a new entrance to the original museum building. Additionally, Reed Hilderbrand redesigned the Clark’s grounds, highlighted by a one-acre, three-tiered reflecting pool.
“The expansion project advances the Clark's dual mission as both an art museum and a center for research and higher education,” museum director Michael Conforti said in a statement. “What now looks simple, and so logical, has been achieved through a complex and environmentally sensitive design and construction program that unites many disparate parts.”