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Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

The Frederic C. Hamilton Building represents an addition to the old museum and holds the Modern and Contemporary Art collection as well as the Architecture and Design and Oceanic Art collections.

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

The new structure also provides the complex with an entrance, enhancing the exhibition space to the double of its original size. The bold design takes after the peaks of the nearby Rocky Mountains and the geometrical shapes of the rock crystals found in the foothills near Denver. Even if the design appears to hardly integrate in the existing architectural context, it has become a landmark for the city and has attracted thousands of visitors because of the unusualness of its shape. And that’s how a museum should look like, it should impress and stand out so that people would now something special is happening there, representing art through its own exterior and interior appearances.

“I was inspired by the light and geology of the Rockies, but most of all by the wide-open faces of the people of Denver”.

Architect Daniel Libeskind

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

In addition to the amazing effects the museum has had on regular people, the design has been remarked by the American Institute of Steel Construction’s 2007 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel (IDEAS2) awards program, receiving the Presidential Award of Excellence, and proving this project is something worth observing and taking after as a model. The structure was given so much credit because of the complex shell covering it. Twenty sloping planes with angles jutting in all directions (none of which are parallel or perpendicular to each other) are covered with more than 3,100 pieces of steel measure a total surface of 230,000 square feet.

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

More details from the architect:

“Nexus is conceived in close connection with the function and aesthetic of the existing Ponti museum, as well as the entire Civic Center and public library. The new building is a kind of city hub, tying together downtown, the Civic Center, and forming a strong connection to the golden triangle neighborhood. The project is not designed as a stand alone building, but as part of a composition of public spaces, monuments and gateways in this developing part of the city, contributing to the synergy amongst neighbors, large and intimate.

The new building is not based on an idea of style or the rehashing of ready made ideas or external shape because its architecture does not separate the inside from the outside or provide a pretty facade behind which a typical experience exists; rather this architecture has an organic connection to the public at large and to those aspects of experience that are also intellectual, emotional, and sensual. The integration of these dimensions for the enjoyment and edification of the public is achieved in a building that respects the hand crafted nature of architecture and its immediate communication from the hand, to the eye, to the mind. After all, the language of architecture beyond words themselves is the laughter of light, proportion and materiality.”

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Homesthetics conclusion:

Impressive steel and titanium projects have been constructed before but this one exceeds the boundaries set by other architectural projects and demonstrates that standards and limits concerning buildings are given only by materials and technology but the design can always evolve and overcome what people normally believe impossible. I believe that this is a true architectural example from many points of view but it’s the concept and the ambition that should be observed and followed.

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Bold Contemporary Design-The Denver Art Museum by Daniel Libeskind Homesthetics

Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind
Location: Denver, Colorado, USA
Joint Venture Partner: Davis Partnership
Contractor: M.A Mortensen Co. (Colorado)
Structural Engineer: Arup (Los Angeles)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Mechanical Air: Arup-Los Angeles
Mechanical/Electrical: MKK Engineers and Arup (Los Angeles)
Structural Engineers: ARUP (Los Angeles)
Structural Connection Design: Structural Consultants, Inc.
Civil Engineers: JF Sato and Associates
Interior Designers: Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
Landscape Architects: Studio Daniel Libeskind with Davis Partnership
Lighting Consultant: George Sexton and Associates
Theater Consultant: Auerbach Pollock Friedlander
Acoustical Consultant: ARUP (Los Angeles)
Exterior Façade Consultant: Gordon H Smith, ARUP, BCE;
Project Area: 146,000 sq ft
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Bitter Bredt, DAM, SDL, Michele Nastasi

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