Foster reveals plans to transform Norton Museum of Art
Foster + Partners has revealed a new, incremental masterplan to double the size of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida
The scheme for the 72-year-old museum, which houses the most important art collection in Florida, features three new pavilions ‘unified’ beneath a shimmering roof.
These three new double-height pavilions will contain an auditorium, event space and ‘grand hall’, a new museum shop and a restaurant.
Originally designed by the American architect Marion Sims Wyeth, the Art Deco building features a series of single-storey pavilions arranged around a central courtyard. Expansion caused the axial arrangement to be lost, and Foster’s masterplan looks to restore the plan, reinstating the building’s main entrance.
Norman Foster, founder of Foster + Partners, said: ‘The Norton is one of Florida’s most important cultural institutions and has a wonderful location in the heart of West Palm Beach – our approach is a celebration of the local landscape and architecture.
‘The gardens will be planted with native trees and flowers and the masterplan strengthens the elegant formation of the original museum, redefining its relationship with the city with a welcoming new street frontage.
‘The project combines old and new and continues our explorations into the museum in a garden setting, which began with the Sainsbury Centre and has more recently embraced the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston – it is a fascinating, multi-faced challenge.’