Nelson Atkins Museum Of Art Picks Design For Outdoor Pavilion

Feb 2, 2012

On Wednesday the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art announced results of a design contest for a temporary pavilion to coincide with the museum’s exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851–1939, opening in mid-April.

In the first part of Thursday’s Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with exhibit curator Catherine Futter and Tom Proebstle of Generator Studio, a Kansas City architecture firm, which designed Sun Pavilion in conjunction with Los Angeles-based artist Tm Gratkowski, Brightergy LLC, Prosser Wilbert Construction and structural engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.

In late November, the Nelson-Atkins requested proposals to construct a temporary pavilion. A pool of 15 entries was winnowed to five finalists, who presented their designs to a panel of judges that included Bloch Building architect Steven Holl.

Listen to Up to Date's December 13, 2011 conversation with Nelson Atkins director Julian Zugazagoitia and curator Catherine Futter about the exhibit and the competition.