Arts & Culture
12:57 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

VIDEO: A Sneak Peek At Kimbell Museum's New Renzo Piano Pavilion

Update, 1 p.m. Thursday: We've added a KERA-produced video of Kimbell Art Museum Director Eric Lee describing the new wing, designed by "starchitect" Renzo Piano.

Our original post: In two months, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth will unveil its new addition designed by architect Renzo Piano. But this week, the museum removed the fences hiding the project from the street to shoot photos of the new space.

When the Piano Pavilion opens Nov. 27, it will provide the Kimbell with an additional 16,000 square feet of gallery space, classrooms and a theater.

The Kimbell says that Piano’s colonnaded pavilion, surrounded by elms and red oaks, "stands as an expression of simplicity -- glass, concrete and wood." It's near the museum's home, designed by Louis Kahn in 1972.

“The Piano building echoes the Kahn building in many ways,” said Eric Lee, the Kimbell director.  “And I think it walks this very fine line between being differential to the Kahn building but being a strong building in and of itself.”

The Piano building, which is 300 feet long and 22 feet high, includes two parallel wings that are connected by two glass passageways. The west wing will have a green sod roof.

KERA's Dane Walters headed to Fort Worth to take a closer look at the building. Click on the slideshow to see what he discovered. 

Here's a video the Kimbell produced showing how the walls of the Piano Pavilion were constructed:

And here's another video from the Kimbell showing a time lapse of construction: