At Glenstone, architecture is as essential as artwork and nature, providing a minimal design to complement the collection and visitor experience.
Opened in 2006, the Gallery is Glenstone’s first museum building and was designed by Charles Gwathmey (1938−2009) of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.
The Gallery hosts changing exhibitions in generously proportioned spaces and opens up to a terrace overlooking a pond. A limited palette of materials—zinc, granite, stainless steel, and teak—allows the architecture to exist in harmony with the surrounding landscape and the art it houses.
Just steps from the Gallery, the Patio offers a casual outdoor dining experience at the forest’s edge.
The Pavilions offers an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space that features changing exhibitions and rooms dedicated to single-artist installations.
Thoughtfully integrated into the landscape, the Pavilions are set on the cardinal points. The spaces within are illuminated almost exclusively by natural light through a series of large windows and clerestories. Designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, the building is LEED certified gold and has 11 Rooms for artwork installations. Each Room is unique in its proportions; some host changing exhibitions while others are purpose-built to house a particular artist’s work. The rooms are connected by a glass-enclosed passage that looks out onto an 18,000 square foot water court that is home to seasonally changing plant life.