SFMOMA Reveals More Expansion Details


As if the SFMOMA wasn’t already gorgeous in its design (the skylighted atrium! the rooftop sculpture garden! the steel bowstring-truss bridge!), the museum just released more awe-inspiring details on its 235,000-square-foot building expansion.

In collaboration with Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta and slated to open in 2016 (with construction set to begin this summer), the museum plans to add two levels and 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor gallery space with 15,000 square feet of art-filled, free-access public space. This growth will nearly double SFMOMA’s exhibition capacity.


Versatile “white box” space (interior view) on fourth floor of expanded SFMOMA will create new possibilities for live performance and education programs; rendering: courtesy Snøhetta

Some highlights to look forward to:

  • The biggest public living wall of native plants in San Francisco. The massive vertical garden will be located in a new sculpture terrace on the third floor (take that, Maven).
  • A lofty “white box” space equipped with cutting-edge lighting and sound systems, where film screenings, live art, educational programs, and special events will take place.
  • A new outdoor terrace on the seventh floor with stellar city views (we’re hoping they continue to serve Blue Bottle coffee and Humphrey Slocombe’s Secret Breakfast ice cream).
  • An environmentally sensitive approach on track to achieve LEED Gold certification.

When the SFMOMA shuts its doors on June 3, don’t fret because the museum has planned plenty of offsite programming. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect to sate your modern art craving.


Sculpture terrace extending from Howard to Minna Streets will be framed on one side by a vibrant vertical garden. Photo via SFMOMA.

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