Combining the talents of noted architects, the Clark’s reimagined campus unites a new Clark Center
designed by Tadao Ando
Architects (Osaka, Japan) with an expanded Museum Building
and the renovated Manton Research Center
, both designed by Selldorf Architects (New York). These buildings surround a new three-tiered reflecting pool, the highlight of a dramatic rethinking of the Clark’s landscape designed by Reed Hilderbrand (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Gensler (New York) was the executive architect. The project adds more than 13,000 square feet of gallery space to support the Clark’s expanded collection and exhibition programs, and establishes the Institute as a leader in best practices for sustainability and energy efficiency.
“The expansion project advances the Clark’s dual mission as both an art museum and a center for research and higher education,” says Clark director Michael Conforti. “Since developing our master plan more than ten years ago, we have worked diligently to connect our program and support spaces with our extraordinary landscape, all with the goal of best serving the thousands of people who come from all over the world to visit the Clark each year. What now looks simple, and so logical, has been achieved through a complex and environmentally sensitive design and construction program that unites many disparate parts.”
The Clark began as a single white marble museum building designed by architect Daniel Perry; construction began in 1952 and the museum was opened to the public in 1955. In 1973 the red granite Manton Research Center, designed by Pietro Belluschi and The Architects Collaborative to house a library, graduate seminar rooms, galleries, offices, and an auditorium, was completed. In the late 1990s, a comprehensive master plan for the 140-acre campus was commissioned from Cooper, Robertson & Partners; this was completed in 2001. Also in 2001, architect Tadao Ando was invited to plan and design two complementary buildings: Lunder Center at Stone Hill
, which made its debut in 2008, and the newly completed Clark Center.These additions, combined with a thoughtful remodeling by Selldorf Architects of the existing buildings as well as a long-term enhancement of the grounds by landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand, enrich the Clark experience for lovers of art and nature, curators, scholars from near and far, students, and local residents alike.