Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM Pei       The site selected for Cornell’s art museum was a pivotal location with two distinct aspects, each requiring a unique response. At the crest of a spectacular 1,000-foot long slope descending into a gorge, the site called for a strong, compact building to provide a sense of termination, while the preservation of natural vistas called for a design based on the vertical distribution of space.
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM Pei        IM Pei stacked the museum’s spaces in a nine-level tower that maximizes views through combination of transparency and bold architectural form. Visitors enter a glazed entry court and either descend to exhibitions on the three levels below or ascend through the permanent collection to an outdoor terrace, where sculpture is displayed against a sprawling mountain panorama. The galleries are carefully light-controlled, with strategically located windows to add interest and orientation. Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM PeiHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Designed By IM Pei

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