November 1, 2017

David Chipperfield Architects Tapped to Revamp Minneapolis Institute of Art

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—The Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) announced Thursday that it has hired London-based David Chipperfield Architects to renovate its campus. The firm will be charged with creating a master plan with a focus on enhancing visitor experience. It will also include improved parking facilities and additional art storage and public gathering spaces. It will spend the next twelve months surveying the museum’s needs and will present a final plan by fall 2018.

“This is the first step in a long-term strategy to update and improve the visitor experience in the museum and to ensure we have the infrastructure to support continued growth,” director and president Kaywin Feldman said in a statement. “Museum attendance has doubled in recent years, and we need to update our facilities to meet the new demands of our growing audience. One of the many reasons we are excited to work with David Chipperfield is that the firm understands how museums function, from back of house to the front and from the basement to the roof.”

The firm’s other recent museum projects include the St. Louis Art Museum; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Neues Museum, Berlin; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; and the Anchorage Museum in Alaska.

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