Connecting City, Art Museum, Park & Sculpture Garden
In concert with OLIN Landscape Architects, we designed a new 442-car parking garage and sculpture garden for the distinguished Philadelphia Museum of Art that exemplifies how architecture, sustainable design and landscape can combine to create beautiful and usable outdoor spaces.
The Museum is part of Philadelphia’s Parkway Museums District and stands at the edge of Fairmount Park, one of America’s great urban parks. The garage is almost entirely underground and visually extends a hillside within Fairmount Park. We concealed the remainder of the garage with landscaped boulder walls constructed to match the original historic landscape. The one-acre green garage roof serves as the heart of the sculpture garden and an elegant glass pavilion marks the pedestrian entry to the garage and sculpture garden.
Winding paths provide varied views of the sculptures and a gently sloped lawn descends to a paved terrace and fountain with views of the Philadelphia Waterworks and Schuylkill River.
Structural Engineer: CVM; Landscape Architect: OLIN; Civil Engineer: Pennoni
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