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Curate Modern: Clyfford Still Museum

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by Adrienne Breaux last modified Jan 17, 2012

You know what must be the hardest thing to design, in the world of architecture? Nope, not the world’s tallest building. Nope, not a building in the shape of an animal. Not even a house for a really picky client. One of the hardest things that architects must design just — Continue reading …




 

 

You know what must be the hardest thing to design, in the world of architecture? Nope, not the world’s tallest building. Nope, not a building in the shape of an animal. Not even a house for a really picky client. One of the hardest things that architects must design just has to be a museum.

Why a museum? Well, it’s got to not only look beautiful in of itself, it has to function brilliantly, hold lots of people, but also be able to slip into the background to to let the artwork shine through. We’ve found a whole host of inspiration in the Clyfford Still Museum, in Denver, Colorado designed by Allied Works Architecture. Via Architect Magazine:

“The Clyfford Still Museum’s concrete is its essence and its signature. Allied Works used poured-in-place concrete in order to achieve the massiveness and the cellular structure that architect Brad Cloepfil thought was the correct response to program and site. He also wanted that concrete to catch the light and to reveal the process of its making.”

“Initially the firm studied ways to manipulate the concrete itself to achieve roughness and variation of surface, finally settling on the formwork as the source of variety they wanted. Vertical formwork was constructed out of rough-sawn Hem-Fir planks that were ripped with a bevel or a router to create various fin depths; using boards instead of sheets of plywood allowed the architects to exploit the fissures between these wood pieces to let concrete ooze out, creating a much more hand-crafted aesthetic.”

We think you can find all sorts of inspiration for your home from well-designed museums…what do you think? Has anyone visited this museum?

Images: Bruce Damonte via Architect Magazine.

 

 

 
 
 

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