Arthur M. Sackler Museum
485 Broadway (corner with Quincy Street)
James Stirling, Michael Wilford
and Associates 1985
Harvard, with Aalto, Gropius and
Le Corbusier already on campus, turned to British post-modernist James
Stirling to design an extension to the Fogg, Harvard's oldest art museum.
Stirling's extension - the
Sackler Museum - is an independent building across the street from the
Fogg, but anticipates a future overhead bridge between the two. The large
square window in the front (south) facade, which currently illuminates the
gallery behind, is designed to receive the link if built. The two concrete
cylinders dominating the facade may have a future role in the putative
link also, but in the meantime must occupy themselves by ventilating the
underground equipment room beneath, and 'symbolizing entrance.'
Entering between the pillars, a
rather narrow stairway takes you straight up to the gallery level. The
building has an L-shaped plan with its entrance on the narrow top of the
'L', and so is rather larger than first appearances suggest - including a
lecture room for 300 in the basement.
Simon Glynn 1998 and 2002
How to visit
The Sackler runs along the east
side of Quincy Street in Harvard Yard, between Broadway and Cambridge
Street, with its entrance in Broadway. Visitor information is available
from the Harvard Art Museums web site at www.artmuseums.harvard.edu/sackler.
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