After an altogether not-that-speedy wait, the final design for the much-anticipated Speed Art Museum will formally be revealed tomorrow at a public forum (more on that later). My colleague Alan Brake at The Architect’s Newspaper found a teaser fly-though video showing in not-quite-high-def detail plans for the new structure sitting just north of the Speed’s historic Beaux-Arts building. Designed by wHY Architecture from Culver City, California with Reed Hilderbrand landscape architects, I must say, this bit of a tease has me thinking it was worth the wait.
As you can see in the video, the new building will offer a restrained modern approach that dually offers a monumentality and transparency along Third Street that will help it blend with the original structure’s heavy stone, better connect the campus to the surrounding neighborhood, and provide the scale necessary for a major thoroughfare.
If you want all the details on the new museum’s design, head on down to the Speed tomorrow morning at 10:00 am to see an undoubtedly better fly-through and hear the architect Kulapat Yantrasast speak. (Reservations required.) Barring that, an exhibition called Unveiling the New Speed: A Model of the Future will be running that “allows visitors to explore the Museum’s Master Plan as it embarks on the largest capital project ever undertaken by an arts and culture institution in Kentucky” will be running all the way through March 11, 2012.
But what we know on a Friday night (and all I may know for a while being stuck in New York), is what we see below. Kulapat Yantrasast has worked with uber-famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando in the past, an influence that is clearly seen in some of the firm’s more concrete-intensive work, but it looks like the Speed offers something lighter, but not lacking in Ando’s restrained touch.
Visible in the video is a large reflecting pool on Third Street that pushes through the addition and onto a campus-side plaza dotted with a grid of trees. Other intriguing details on Third Street include a bermed wall of amphitheater-style seating and what looks to be a pretty amazing grand stair. (Any Broken Sidewalk sleuths want to report back this weekend? Tips@brokensidewalk.com is the drill.)