Monday, February 8, 2010

Sculpture and Architecture

A serious building gets silly.

Inflation is hitting the museum world. In a good way.

Nicolai Ouroussoff, architecture critic for the New York Times, reviews plans for two inflatable additions by the New York firm Diller Scodidio and Renfro to the Hirshhorn Museum.

One bubble would fill the central atrium and literally pop up past the roof. It would be used as a 1,000 seat auditorium and allow for performing arts and film series to use the museum. Another smaller pod would serve as a cafe/lounge.

The inflatables would allow the Hirshhorn to avoid restrictions on permanent additions as they can be blown up and taken down quickly. Read the article here

I just hope they give Claus Oldenburg a percentage of the admissions when the inflatables are up....

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