The new, enormous SFMOMA addition designed by Norwegian architects Snøhetta has some early fans, as well as some early critics, as we discussed last week. We had to wait until this weekend's Sunday Chronicle however, to get architecture critic John King's complete take, which is generous, mostly positive, but not without its reservations. Also, the Chron brings us the above drone footage that takes us all around the new wing, and inside it though I don't think they actually flew a drone through that Richard Serra sculpture.
A few snippets of King's thoughts:
"Instead of trying to one-up Botta’s drama, Snøhetta packs the museum’s extra space into a 10-story slab that folds back from the oculus on the west and is tapered on the east, as if deferring to the neighbors."
"As slabs go, this one is chubby, with a midriff bulge that contains the new gallery space."
"So we have two very large structures attached at the hip, an architectural marriage of convenience."
"The larger satisfactions come inside."
"There’s also a communal aspect: You sense activity in all directions, such as people spilling out of the irregularly spaced stairways, and you’re nudged to keep exploring."
"That outdoor space, a shaded perch on the scale of a residential courtyard with a “living wall” by Habitat Horticulture along one edge, is one of the addition’s true delights."
"large buildings often reveal their qualities slowly, the first impression deepening as we explore them in more depth... And the more that we get to know it, I suspect, the more satisfying it will be."
Via Curbed today we also get this one-minute time-lapse of the complete construction, which is pretty swell.