Revolutionary to Some, A Tool Shed to Others

In Kansas City, Missouri hath dwelt a project that portends a riotous, semi-calamitous melieu of consternation for the benefactors, the commoners, and even the neer-do-wells. Here is the Nelson Atkins Museum of Fine Art in its known form:

Then, one day, the powers that be decided there simply wasn’t enough room for all of the art on hand, and thence architect of prominence Steven Holl was commissioned to design an expansion. You’ll either love it or hate it. Tool sheds and Butler Buildings… or revolutionary architecture.

“Woe! Lamentations to thee! The expansion does not architecturally correspond with the classic original!”

After walking around taking these photos, I decided that I rather liked the landscape architectural methods employed with this new project. It makes one want to explore, not only within the expansion building, but on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum. I particularly like this little piece protruding from the ground as depicted above.

Read more about this project in the café l’urbanité.

This entry was written by Eric Bowers , posted on Friday October 20 2006at 01:10 am , filed under Architecture, Art and Design, United States and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

2 Responses to “Revolutionary to Some, A Tool Shed to Others”

  • Ethan Bayne says:

    One vote for tool shed.

    Several years ago, a towering annex was built adjacent to Edmonton’s elegant, chateau-style Hotel Macdonald.

    Locals developed a saying to explain the monstrousity to visitors: “there’s the Macdonald. And there’s the box it came in.”

    (The annex has since been demolished.)

  • Chadwick says:

    Nelson Art Gallery isn’t something that was just built though… It’s been there for years and is pretty much the cities centerpiece. Preserve this piece of history. Everyone of my friends from elsewhere comment on how much they love KC because the city has done a great job of keeping it’s architecture, fountains and persona.