This week is #MuseumWeek, and it seems fitting that Louisville’s Speed Art Museum is in the running for a People’s Choice Telly Award for a conceptual video of the museum’s expansion, currently in progress. Click on over to the Telly Awards website to vote for the Speed’s video, ongoing through April 10. The awards recognize outstanding film and video production both from the internet and television.
In the video, we see the museum’s addition, designed by Los Angeles–based wHY Architecture, emerge and grow from a single box into the building’s iconic stacked shape that’s already showing up in Speed Museum branding efforts. As the building masses twist into place, projections of what the museum will look like fill their facades. Set to a dramatic Philip Glass string arrangement, the rendered views show a crinkled metal facade treatment that will cover the stacked boxes—revealing a bit more detail than renderings originally released when the project was announced. Check out these newer renderings from wHY:
The Speed announced last week that its official re-opening will happen in less than a year: Saturday, March 12, 2016. The museum said the opening will include 30 continuous hours of festivities to christen its new wing. “We want the community to have unprecedented access to the Museum after our three-year long closure,” Ghislain d’Humières, director of the museum, said in a statement. In the next year, the museum hopes to raise another $2.5 million. A countdown clock to re-opening is on display at the Local Speed on East Market Street.
The new wing includes 62,500 square feet of space, including 15,000 square feet of gallery space. When complete, the addition will double the museum’s overall size and includes new exhibition spaces, multipurpose spaces for performances, lectures, and entertainment, and an outdoor plaza and sculpture garden called the Art Park. wHY is working with local firm K. Norman Berry Associates on the project. Boston’s Reed Hilderbrand designed the museum’s landscape concept and local firm Carman finalized that design. Check out our interview with wHY Principal Kulapat Yantrasast about the Speed’s design here.
Still want more? You can also take a look at this promotional video from the Speed detailing its expansion plans: