• The Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art is Rhode Island’s leading museum of fine and decorative art, housing a collection of 84,000 objects of international significance.
    This project proposes a redesigned entrance that opens up the space, engages the public, announces the museum, and creates additional gallery and lobby space inside. An elevated walkway connects Benefit Street to Waterman Street and provides a public gathering space. The front of the building is pulled out towards the street, creating a greater presence and visibility outside, while providing new gallery space inside. The wide open steps and gently sloped ramp welcome visitors and guide them pleasantly to the existing entrance.
  • This project addresses the museum's Benefit Street entrance, which poses a number of problems, most generally attributed to a lack of presence both visually and physically.
  • Inspired by public places that encourage people to gather, and the multi-functional ability of steps to connect, elevate, and provide seating, the proposal features a series of stairways that serve different and multiple purposes.
  • The proposed redesigned entrance opens up the space, engages the public, announces the museum, and creates additional gallery and lobby space inside.
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  • The front of the building is pulled out towards the street, creating a greater presence and visibility outside, while providing new gallery space inside. 
  • An elevated walkway connects Benefit Street to Waterman Street and provides a public gathering space. The wide open steps and gently sloped ramp welcome visitors and guide them pleasantly to the existing entrance.