MVRDV, Adjaye Associates, LEVER Architecture and Toshiko Mori Shortlisted for Portland Museum of Art Expansion
The Portland Museum of Art, with architects from Dovetail design strategists announced four renowned architectural firms shortlisted to unify and expand the Portland Museum of Art’s new campus in the heart of downtown Portland, Maine. Under the theme “Art for all“, PMA’s mission, vision and commitment to sustainability and diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusiveness were the basis of the value proposition guiding the unification and expansion of the museum , with the aim of “reflecting a challenge for museums and cultural institutions to do more to create centers of belonging and foster social change”.
Teams were expected to demonstrate an understanding of the challenge, a dedication to museum ideals, relevant work, and exemplify “How can museum architecture promote equity?” The competition included submissions from 104 teams from 20 countries, including Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Spain, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and the UK, highlighting the “diversity of experience and innovation records represented in the submissions”.
The selected quartet is Adjaye Associates with KMA, Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture, Workshop Tenand 2×4; LEVER Architecture with Unknown Studio, Chris Newell – Akomawt Educational InitiativeOpen box, Office once future, Atelier Ten and Studio Pacifica; MVRDV with STOSSthe Human Centered Design Institute, PentacleWorkshop Ten, and DVDL; and Toshiko Mori Architect + Johnston Marklee + Preston Scott Cohen with Hargreaves Jones, Intercultural community services, We should do it allBuro Happold Consulting Engineers and Arup.
It was essential for us, as members of the selection committee, to ensure that our uniqueness as a region was taken into account in the nominations. Portland and Maine are international destinations and proudly welcome visitors from around the world, but this is due to a recognizable, evolving and renowned cultural landscape that needs to be elevated and supported through this historic new building and competition. — Kyo Bannai, PMA Board Member
The shortlisted teams were chosen by the museum for their “creative and sensitive approach, their distinctive vision and the embodiment of the PMA values of courage, fairness, service, sustainability and trust”. Their collective experience with innovative campus, civic and cultural projects, and for their deep consideration of the geographic and demographic qualities of Portland and surrounding communities.
The expansion and unification project aims to unify the museum’s downtown campus through the construction of a new building. This will be the museum’s first expansion in more than 40 years, adding 60,000 square feet of flexible, community, gallery and public spaces to accommodate 300,000 to 500,000 visitors annually. The project is the result of the PMA’s current collection growth and diversification, record attendance, community feedback and new opportunities to ensure art and culture are at the heart of the future. from Maine.