Cleveland Museum of Art Atrium Unveiled

The Cleveland Museum of Art hosted a day-long event on Sunday, October 28 – from 11 a. m. to 4 p.m. – to celebrate the grand opening of its newly remodeled atrium, located in the heart of the Museum’s $350-million expansion and renovation project.

Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, this 34,000-SF piazza includes a soaring glass, heated mullion roof with a gently curved profile that cantilevers from the historic 1916 building.  The piazza will be used as a focal point to orient visitors, as well as a vibrant and impressive gathering place – with the capacity to seat 700 people.  Scheduled for completion next year, the entire project will have spanned more than 10 years of design and construction – including new gallery spaces, education areas, a restaurant, a café and a museum bookstore.  Karpinski Engineering provided MEP design throughout, as well as technology services in areas including the restaurant, Lifelong Learning Center and retail spaces.

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