Heard Museum

  • Client

    • Heard Museum
  • Project Type

  • Opened/Completed

    • 2017
  • Area

    • 7,500 ft²

Design Achievement - In order to fulfill its mission to provide relevancy, sustainability, and audience development, the Heard Museum envisioned a larger gallery space. DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky's design creates a more expansive and integrated gallery combining the existing Ullman and Lincoln Galleries into a single, unified space. The design visually unifies the two galleries by joining the flooring between the Ullman Gallery and the Lincoln Gallery as a single-floor level. The new Grand Gallery provides flexibility of arrangement capable of accommodating large-scale traveling exhibits from other distinguished institutions, including the Smithsonian.

Scope Summary - In addition to the new gallery space, the 7,000 SF renovation encloses and converts the existing courtyard north of the Lincoln Gallery, transforming the courtyard into a new preparatory space with an acoustically insulated roll-up door. This space provides direct access to the exterior for ease of loading and unloading, as well as direct access to the Grand Gallery. A structural steel grid was also constructed above the ceiling that will allow the Heard Museum to hang up to 4,000 pounds of art from the ceiling. A new bridge element accommodates an accessible path of travel from the second floor of the Crossroads Gallery to the Boarding School. DLR Group|WRL provided programming, architecture, interior design, MEP and structural engineering, fire alarm design, code analysis, and construction administration services.

DLR Group acquired Westlake Reed Leskosky in September 2016. Today, the combined design expertise and design resources of Westlake Reed Leskosky and DLR Group serve clients as a global, integrated design firm committed to elevating the human experience through design.