The facility recently underwent a comprehensive interior renovation of its gallery and educational spaces. The historic facility consists of several overlapping buildings built by Standard Oil of Kentucky over a period of 30 years (1920-1950), where new buildings were built adjacent to and entirely engulfing older buildings. This ad-hoc assortment of buildings followed divergent geometries based on the surround street layout, intersecting within the interior in undisciplined ways. This entire collection of buildings was first transformed into an art center in 1990 using referential architectural themes that competed with the art and further confused the existing structure. With the recent renovation, the goal was to clarify the disparate geometries and building structures, and to reconnect the interior to the out-of-doors to foster an understanding of how the art center is situated within its context and within the city of Atlanta. This relationship enriches the visitor’s experience and the reception of the artwork – two primary missions of the Atlanta Contemporary.
Architect: BLDGS Architects, 2013
Category: Museum or gallery
Photo: Jonathan Hillyer