Allied Works Clyfford Still Museum

Photography: Jeremy BittermanSource: Allied Works
Date: August 22, 2013

In 2007, Allied Works was selected to design the Clyfford Still Museum, a single-artist institution devoted to the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most influential and enigmatic painters. The site for the museum resides in the Civic Center of Denver, Colorado, a district inhabited by buildings of grand collective and cultural narrative.
The 28,000sf museum mediates this setting with two distinct acts of architecture. The first prepares the site by creating a dense grove of deciduous trees – a place of refuge from the intense light of central Colorado. The second act of architecture looks to the earth. The Museum is conceived as a solid, a continuous form that is opened up by natural light. Walls of textured concrete form the primary building envelope, interior walls and structural system. The entrance, deeply recessed beneath the cantilevered walls, holds the visitor to the earth.
The lower level houses the education, archive and storage spaces. In the ugpper level galleries, the visitor moves through a series of nine distinct volumes where they encounter the work of Clyfford Still. Overhead, an open lattice of concrete unites the body of the building and offers illumination and connection to the atmosphere of the city. The galleries respond to the evolving character of Still’s art, changing scale and proportion, while varying the intensity of light.


  • el lobo January 24, 2012

    a veces necesito sumergirme en el barro para notar su textura.
    a veces intento mojarme bajo la lluvia para notar que esta lloviendo.
    a veces prefiero notar el viento, acurrucarme y pasar frio.
    a veces necesito impregnarme de proyectos como este que muestran su esencia.

  • Mireia November 24, 2011

    Me parece muy interesante la forma de trabajar que tienen, desde los primeros esbozos hasta la maqueta y el proyecto construido, todos coherentes entre ellos, consiguiendo una materialidad tanto en maqueta como en el proyecto muy particular, que lo hace diferente y, por lo tanto, brillante.


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