SFMOMA's extreme makeover

Inspired in parts by the fog and the wateres of San Fransisco Bay, Snøhetta is gearing up for the grand opening of the new and transformed MOMA building. 

SFMOMA is one of the worlds most well-known museums of modern and contemporary art. With an art collection consisting of over 33.000 pieces you will find everything from Andy Warhol to Ellsworth Kelly. 

The new design seamlessly integrates a 10-story integration of the original Mario Botta-building from 1995. A close corporation between the leadership at SFMOMA and Snøhetta has enabled the museum to be more welcoming and better connected to the city than ever before.  

With almost three times more gallery space than before the museum is opening with 19 exhibitions including a curated selection of more than 260 postwar and contemporary works from the renowned Doris and Donald Fisher Collection. Supported by a strong community of collectors, SFMOMA also has received more than 3000 promised and outright gifts of artworks from 230 donors through the Campaign of Art. 

700 uniquely shaped FRP (fiberglass-reinforced polymer) panels affixed to a curtain-wall system creates rippling horizontal bands so that the silicate crystal embedded facade appears to shift with the changing light. Partly an homage to the waters and fog from San Fransisco Bay. 

Leader of Snøhettas design team for SFMOMA Craig Dykers explains that their design seeks to create an intimate experience, welcoming a diversity of visitors to the magnificent collection and to foster a connection between the visitor and museum for years to come. "The visitor should sense that the building is inspired by one of the great cities of the world, San Fransisco," Dykers says.

In addition to its groundbreaking design SFMOMA is also on track to receive LEED Gold certification and is one of the firsts museums in the country to employ all LED lighting throughout the gallery spaces. This measure helped the building meet its ambitious sustainability goals.