Renzo Piano gets museum airborne
Piano designed with the museum’s original mission in mind.
Six years in the planning, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s new addition, designed by prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, opens in January. The $118 million addition includes new exhibition and performance spaces, offices, apartments, visitor orientation and education rooms, plus greenhouse and gardens. Though strikingly modern architecturally, Piano has designed the building with the museum’s original mission and vision very much in mind.