Houston art museum makes light part of its architecture

While Steven Holl Architects has long explored the possibilities of working with light as a building material, the challenge with art museums remains the same: how to balance the conservationist’s need to restrict light to protect the art with the architect’s desire to use light to enliven the experience of viewing that same art.

In the case of the firm’s design for the recently opened $476 million Nancy and Rich Kinder Building on the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, working with light took many forms and required clever engineering to achieve. The three-story, 237,213 sq ft building

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