LMN Architects Debut Plans for Seattle's Asian Art Museum Expansion and Renovation
SEATTLE, WA LMN Architects announces the initial design for an expansion and renovation to the Asian Art Museum in Seattle, Washington. As Seattle Art Museum's original home located in the Olmsted-designed Volunteer Park, the museum is set to receive its first substantial renovation and expansion since it was completed in 1933. The goal of this long-overdue renovation is to ensure this historic landmark remains an important cultural resource for future generations.
A mixture of public and private funds will fund the renovation and expansion of the Asian Art Museum. The project budget, which will continue to be refined as designs are finalized, is approximately $49 million.
"The architectural design approach parallels the curatorial goals, which seek to create relevance and meaning between the past and the present," said Sam Miller, AIA, Partner at LMN Architects. "Simultaneously, the design is focused on strengthening the relationship between the building and the parkfrom the outside in and the inside out."
The planned changes to the Bebb and Gould-designed Art Deco building will enable the museum to showcase more of its permanent collection and bring in significant special exhibitions offering ever-broader perspectives on Asia's traditions and contemporary issues. The project will provide more space for deeper explorations of the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Asia while enhancing visitors' enjoyment and access to public programming and community events.
In addition to essential system enhancements (HVAC, fire safety, and seismic upgrades), the project includes a pair of small building expansions, and a proposed new terrace overlooking the east lawn. A glass park lobby addition to the east facade is designed to improve circulation through the galleries and provide direct visual connections to the park. This three-story addition will include space for a new gallery, education space and relocated administrative offices. In addition to other improvements, work involves preserving the historic character of the building and restoring elements that have been compromised through years of incremental renovations.