MVRDV - The Beacon

The Beacon

The Beacon

The Portland Museum of Art’s main building, the Charles Shipman Payson Building completed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1983, is typical of museum buildings – largely windowless, it offers introverted spaces for the elevation and veneration of art. MVRDV’s proposal for the museum’s Campus Unification and Expansion project turns this typology inside out. Through delicate alterations to the existing buildings as well as an eye-catching new expansion known as “The Beacon”, the campus becomes part of the streetscape, the city, and the community. It invites the city in to experience, to explore, and to make it a part of their world. Following the museum’s “Art for All” campaign, the expansion is unpretentious, messy, transparent, expressive… a continuous work in progress.


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