Clyfford Still Museum

The City of Denver was lucky to be chosen to house the collection of artworks of Clyfford Still, one of the greatest figures of Abstract Expressionism.

Compared to the flamboyant neighboring buildings, this house of art is a minimally designed, boxy container, with a few seemingly random openings and textured walls. The small sycamore thicket is an integral part of the scenery, meant to overgrow it becoming a small forest, hide it from the city, and present a visual background for any museum visitor. The wall surfaces made of plank formed fair faced concrete, and vertical wooden grids amplify the harmony of built and natural with a Scandinavian quality.

As it is usual, housing art implies obscuring it from the world, and most importantly direct sun light. On the other hand, distorted and diffuse light is an integral part of every visual arts museum. The museum is lit by a series of roof lanterns filtering the light through the perforated cellular concrete ceiling presenting a smart and elegant solution of the lighting problem.

The architect has built a mausoleum, a simple building with organic pattern envelope to be an architectural mat and frame for the paintings, a monument and a place for displaying image in the light.

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