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Foster and Adjaye shortlisted for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art extension

Brits Foster + Partners and Adjaye Associates have been named among the finalists in the international competition to design a new wing for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)

The $480 million project, which aims to triple gallery space and improve public areas, includes a refit of the Mario Botta-designed Third Street building (pictured) and an extension which connects to the back of the museum along the southern facade.

The museum’s architect selection committee will now visit each of the finalist practices offices before making its decision.

The winning practice picked from the four-strong finalist list, which includes New York-based Diller Scofidio + | Renfro and Norwegian Snøhetta architects, will be announced in September.

Neal Benezra, museum director said: ‘SFMOMA has pursued a strategic vision in steadily growing both the size and quality of its collections and programs and expanding its educational role in the region since moving into our signature downtown building in 1995.

‘We are now poised for another transformation and look forward to collaborating with one of these exceptional architectural firms to develop an expanded museum that will support great art experiences, serve the neighbourhood and the city, and reinforce SFMOMA’s role as a creative catalyst for San Francisco and a global force for contemporary art on the West Coast.’

The project is scheduled to complete in 2016.

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