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Tacoma Art Museum

A Special Feature of DJC.COM
May 1, 2003
The project team

Tacoma Art Museum

Design architect:
Antoine Predock Architects, Albuquerque, N.M.

Executive architect:
Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen, Seattle

General contractor:
Hoffman Construction Co., Seattle

Structural engineer:
Putnam Collins Scott Associates, Tacoma

Electrical engineer:
Abacus, Seattle

Civil engineer:
Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Seattle

Mechanical engineer:
Abacus, Seattle

Landscape architect:
Swift & Co., Seattle

Tacoma Art Museum -- Photo by Lara Swimmer
Feature Stories

"NW themes loom large at museum,"
The sleek, silvery new Tacoma Art Museum is
an architectural shrine to the region.

Associated Press Writer

"Taking gray for granted,"
The museums stainless-steel skin was designed
to disappear in Tacomas gray mist.


"Ethereal shapes belie a brawny base,"
A below-grade concrete pedestal
keeps construction costs in check.

Putnam Collins Scott Associates

Museum facts

1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

$22 million

50,000 square feet

May 3

Chihulys 'Mille Fiori'

Design Details

    Galleries: The museum's 12,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a high-ceilinged main gallery that will feature touring shows and other special exhibitions. A smaller, 1,200-square-foot gallery will display regional artists. Three more galleries, totaling 6,600 square feet, will house rotating exhibits.

    Education wing: The 8,064-square-foot third-floor education wing includes an art classroom, art studio and library.

    Event space: The 1,800-square-foot event space will be available for lectures, films and performances. Other event venues include a third-floor outdoor terrace and the Allen Family Plaza.

    Museum store and cafe: The street-level store will sell gifts, books, art prints and other items related to the Tacoma Art Museum, its exhibitions and collection. The nearby cafe serves a limited menu of soups, salads, desserts and grilled entrees.

    Stone garden: The open-air interior stone garden is encased in mirrored stainless steel and reflective glass. Designed by Richard Rhodes of Seattle's Rhodes Architectural Stone with architect Antoine Predock, the garden is a simple space for visitors to rest their eyes between galleries.

    Offices and storage: Freight elevators and a loading dock serve the below-street-level preservation and storage area. The administrative offices and boardroom also sit beneath street level. The parking area holds 125 vehicles.

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