Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Snohetta’s SFMOMA extension opens to the public

  • Comment

Snøhetta has completed its $305 million extension to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


The Norwegian practice’s 10-storey scheme sits around the original building which was designed by Mario Botto.

The extension expands the building to almost three times its original size and includes more than 21,835m² of new indoor and outdoor galleries.

The building, which opens to the public next week, has been designed to connect with its surrounding landscape and features a new public entrance with new pedestrian pathways around the museum.

According to Snøhetta, the eastern facade has been inspired by the waters and fog of San Francisco Bay, and features more than 700 uniquely shaped fibreglass reinforced polymer panels embedded with silicate crystals.

Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta, said: ‘Our design seeks to create an intimate experience, welcoming a diversity of visitors to the magnificent collection, and fostering a connection between the visitor and museum for years to come.

‘All of the senses will be engaged as part of the experience. Wonderful daylit staircases lead visitors from floor to floor, the galleries create a comfortable viewing experience of the art, and terraces allow for moments of repose, to be reinvigorated by fresh air, sunlight and vistas of the city between galleries. The visitor should sense that the building is inspired by one of the great cities of the world, San Francisco.’ 

SFMOMA by Snohetta

SFMOMA by Snohetta

Project data

Location San Francisco, USA
Type of project art gallery
Architect Snøhetta
Associate architect EHDD
Project manager TJ Reagan
Main contractor Webcor Builders
Civil engineer KPFF
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Conservation architect Samuel Anderson Architects
Façade design Kreysler & Associates
Graphics and signage design SOM Graphics
Landscape architect Snøhetta
M&E engineer Taylor Engineering
Façade, lighting and acoustic engineer Arup
Sustainability consultant Atelier Ten
Construction cost $305 million
Area 42,735m² (20,900m² existing and 21,835m² extension) 

SFMOMA by Snohetta

SFMOMA by Snohetta

Project timeline

April 2009 Expansion plans announced
September 2010 Snøhetta selected as architect
June 2013 SFMOMA closes to the public
June 2013 Construction starts
May 2016 New SFMOMA opens

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.