The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston announced that Steven Holl Architects has been selected to partner with the museum to develop an expansion that enlarges the museum’s presentation of its collections, exhibitions, and myriad educational programs. The project will entail the construction of a new museum building intended primarily for art after 1900 to complement the Audrey Jones Beck and Caroline Wiess Law Buildings. Further, the project will address the integration of the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden and the expansion of the Glassell School of Art. A new parking facility will be added, as well.
The new museum building will occupy a two-acre, museum-owned site currently being used as a parking lot. The property is adjacent to the Isamu Noguchi-designed Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden and to the Glassell School of Art. It is across Bissonnet Street from the Audrey Jones Beck Building, designed by Rafael Moneo, and the Caroline Wiess Law Building, designed by Mies van der Rohe. In addition to being a home for art after 1900 from the MFAH permanent collection, the new building would include galleries for traveling exhibitions, educational facilities, a library and study/resource center, lecture halls, a theater and a restaurant. The decision follows a comprehensive international search that resulted in three firms—Steven Holl Architects, Snøhetta, and Morphosis—developing site-specific concepts for the planned expansion.