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Work starts on Foster’s Norton Museum of Art

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Construction has begun on Foster + Partners’ $60million transformation of the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida

The scheme for the 75-year-old museum, which houses the most important art collection in Florida, features three new pavilions ‘unified’ beneath a shimmering roof. 

The project will double the gallery space at the museum while restoring the museum’s original symmetrical plan. 

It will also create a new street frontage repositioning the building’s main entrance on its central axis. 

This new entrance is indicated by three new double-height pavilions which mediate between the low-rise galleries and the existing three-storey Nessel Wing. 

The new pavilions house an auditorium, a grand hall, an event space and an education centre. 

The Norton Museum of Art was built in 1941 to house the art collection of the industrialist Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife, Elizabeth. Originally designed by American architect Marion Sims Wyeth, the Art Deco-inspired building features a series of single-storey pavilions arranged around a central courtyard.

Norton Museum of Art by Foster + Partners

Norton Museum of Art by Foster + Partners

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