Designed by Charles W. Moore and Chad Floyd in 1985, the Hood Museum of Art is home to some 65,000 objects—among the largest and oldest college or university collections in the United States. Due to its age, the building required numerous repairs and upgrades in order to effectively house artworks. The original Moore building had a complex and idiosyncratic character; one that needed a greater sense of calm and order. Our extensive renovation of the existing building and necessary expansion was done with surgical precision to respect the character of what was there, while modernizing and adding space to the museum for its expanded mission. In addition to extensive rehabilitation of envelope and an overhaul of MEP systems, the project includes five new galleries, a multipurpose lobby, and the revamped Bernstein Center for Object-Based Inquiry: three large classrooms that use technology to aid in students’ and faculty’s research. Marrying the new and old through material, treatment, scale and proportion, the Hood Museum acts as one.


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