Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

The expansion project adds more than 13,000 square feet of gallery space, supporting the Clark’s expanded collection and exhibition programs, and establishes the Institute as a leader in best practices for sustainability and energy efficiency.

Included in this final phase of the project are:

  • A new 42,600-square-foot Visitor Center designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, which includes more than 11,000 square feet of gallery space for special exhibitions; a multi-purpose pavilion for conferences, lectures, and events; new dining, retail, and family spaces; and an all-glass Museum Pavilion that creates a new entrance to the original Museum Building.
  • Expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building designed by Selldorf Architects, which includes the addition of more than 2,200 square feet of gallery space and a careful restoration of the existing galleries; installation of new lighting and environmental controls; and creation of a new west-to-east orientation for the Museum Building.
  • Ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center, also designed by Selldorf Architects, which includes the new Manton Study Center for Works on Paper and an adjoining gallery; a new public reading room; and a bookstore and coffee bar.
  • A sweeping redesign of the Clark’s grounds by Reed Hilderbrand, which underscores the Clark’s commitment to environmental stewardship of its lands by significantly enhancing sustainability initiatives across the campus and integrating green design practices, intended to bring the project a silver LEED certification. Key elements of the program include creation of a three-tiered reflecting pool that is the focal point of the redesigned campus and part of an advanced water management system that reduces the Clark’s potable water consumption by approximately 50 percent, or one million gallons annually; upgrades to and expansion of walking trails; green roof systems; planting of 350 new trees on the site; and creation of a new entry drive and parking areas that feature water permeable surfaces feeding into a rainwater collection system.

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