Georgia Museum of Art
Location: Athens, GA
Size: Total Building 67,500 GSF includes 25,000 GSF Addition and 13,000 GSF Renovation; Sculpture Garden 15,400 SF
Role: Stanley Beaman & Sears, Architect of Record, responsible for Project Management, Space Planning, Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Graphic Design and Donor Recognition. Associate Architect: Gluckman-Mayner, responsible for Exterior Design.
Photographed by David Heald Architectural Photography
After two years of construction and $20 million in external support, the 65,000-square-foot Phase II expansion and renovation of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, in Athens, has yielded such prized dividends as 16,000 square feet of new galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden, an expanded lobby and additional storage space. The project, designed by Gluckman Mayner Architects and Stanley Beaman & Sears as architect of record and designer of the environmental graphics and Donor Wall, improves the effectiveness of the environment as it expands the options for activities. The graphic design program, for example, promotes wayfinding without competing against art on display, minimizing signage by using the wall color as its background color and incising gallery names into material set into and having the same texture as the walls, all employing an elegant typeface called Legacy Sans, designed by University professor of art Ron Arnholm. By contrast, the Donor Wall changes continuously. Here, vinyl lettering is applied to the reverse of the glass panel that stands half an inch off the wall and in front of the museum logo, a cast aluminum form raised one-quarter inch from the wall, creating a feeling of permanence, transparency and depth reflecting the ambience of the Museum itself.
Program: Galleries for permanent and traveling exhibits; expanded prefunction/lobby spaces; vertical hanging, solander, textile, 3d and 2d storage; shipping/receiving/loading dock; carpentry shop and art handling spaces; framing/matting; classrooms for families as well as higher education students; catering kitchen; museum shop; offices; research/study facilities; media gallery; parking; site enhancements; water feature; sculpture garden.
Narrative by Jonathan Lerner