A temporary pavilion that applies current and emerging technologies will be built on the grounds of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to coincide with the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851–1939, opening April 14. Generator Studio, a Kansas City architecture firm, designed Sun Pavilion in conjunction with Los Angeles-based artist Tm Gratkowski, Brightergy LLC, Prosser Wilbert Construction and structural engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.
In late November, the Nelson-Atkins requested proposals to construct a temporary pavilion. A pool of 15 entries was winnowed to five finalists, who presented their designs to a panel of judges that
included Bloch Building architect Steven Holl. “We were thrilled with the great amount of effort that went into each presentation,” said Catherine Futter, The Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts. “We would love to be able to have all five finalists build a pavilion, but that’s not possible. Sun Pavilion embodied our vision most closely to activate the museum campus, especially from the street, and open up a discussion about design, innovation and architecture. The Sun Pavilion is also visually provocative and elegant. We are excited to see how the community interacts and enlivens the internal and external space.”
Images Courtesy of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art