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Johnson Museum’s new wing

The new wing and the west facade of the main building of the Herbert F. Johnson Art museum. Design by I.M. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Photo: David O. Brown, 2011

The Johnson Museum opened its new wing last weekend: a small concrete block next to the sculptural main building – designed again by I.M. Pei. The Johnson Museum opened the renovated spaces of its landmark main building and a 16,000 square-foot new wing -  both of which were designed by the New York based office of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects LLP.

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum was designed by I.M. Pei in 1973. Photo: Herbert F. Johnson Museum

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art is sculptural concrete building located on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York. It houses the university’s art collection, which was begun in the 1880s by Cornell's first president.

The main building was first opened in 1973 and provides stunning views of Cayuga Lake, the campus, and the city of Ithaca.

View of the new wing of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum and the valley below. Photo: David O. Brown, 2011

The new wing, a small concrete block on the west site of the main building, was added to realize Pei’s original museum plan. It includes a dedicated 150-seat lecture room, a workshop studio, new galleries, art storage, office space, and a Japanese garden.

The new wing of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum under construction. Photo: Herbert F. Johnson Museum. 2011

View of the interior of the new wing of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum. Photo: Robert Barker, 2011

The $22 million renovation and new construction project has been funded by the New York State government and foundation grants as well as private gifts.

Plan of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum

Section of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum main building and its new wing.

More information on the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art:

www.museum.cornell.edu

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