The $20M renovation and expansion of the Currier Museum has made New Hampshire’s only public art museum more visible and accessible, attracting an expanded and diverse audience. The 73,000 sf Museum encompasses two city blocks. The site now includes new arrival, parking and outdoor spaces for sculpture and events.
The original Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was extensively renovated. The additions offer a fresh interpretation of the original Museum’s restrained classicism. The new “occulus” centers on the Museum axis, showcasing the traditional granite base which floats on a band of glazing to light lower level areas. Three new galleries surround a “Winter Garden,” creating a unique year-round space for the Museum’s café and events. The building is clad with a terra cotta rainscreen system, with zinc metal trim and a filtered glass curtainwall.
The Museum was the winner of the People’s Choice Award from the American Institute of Architects’ New Hampshire Chapter and received design awards from the American Institute of Architects New England Chapter and the Boston Society of Architects.