At Glenstone, architecture is as essential as artwork and nature, providing a minimal design to complement the collection and visitor experience.

A path runs through a lawn, leading to large weathering steel sculpture in front of a low gray building with a block design and wooden accents.

The Gallery

Opened in 2006, the Gallery is Glenstone’s first museum building and was designed by Charles Gwathmey (1938−2009) of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects.

A gray building with a block design and wooden accents sits on a green lawn with a pond in the foreground.

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.

Green tables and chairs sit on a low wooden platform in front of a green lawn, with a forest in the background.

Just steps from the Gallery, the Patio offers a casual outdoor dining experience at the forest’s edge.

The Pavilions

The Pavilions offers an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space that features changing exhibitions and rooms dedicated to single-artist installations.

A wooden platform sits on a body of water filled with green plants, surrounded by a glass and concrete building.

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 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.

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