Racine Art Museum

Racine Art Museum

Racine, Wisconsin

2003

To create a new home for a collection that had seen limited public display, we reimagined a 1960s bank building, actually a composite of seven structures, some dating from as far back as the Civil War-era. Several additions at the back of the building were removed to form an L-shaped footprint that could accommodate galleries, a museum shop, an art library and research center, art preparation and storage, and offices; within the arms of the L is a terrace overlooking Lake Michigan. To stretch a limited budget, we left most of the building's existing limestone cladding in place (a portion of it was reused as terrace material) and enveloped the museum in translucent acrylic panels. Iridescent during the day, at night they are lit from above and form a luminous icon on the city skyline.

Project Type

Public

SIZE

46,330 square feet

CONTRACTOR

Bukacek Construction

CONSULTANTS

Arnold & O’Sheridan, Structural, MEP
Liska + Associates, Graphics, Wayfinding

AWARDS

2005 AIA Chicago Divine Detail Award – Honor Award
2004 AIA Chicago Sustainable Design Award – Special Recognition for Downtown Revitalization
2003 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award – Citation of Merit
2003 AIA Chicago Interior Architecture Award – Honor Award
2002 Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design – American Architecture Award

EXHIBITIONS

“Brininstool + Lynch: Process,” December 10, 2004 – January 29, 2005. Ispace. The Chicago Gallery of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“Road Trip: Racine Art Museum.” Fall 2004. Chicago Architecture Foundation.
“Racine Art Museum.” January – September 2002. Chicago Architecture Foundation.

PUBLICATIONS

Adamson, Glenn. “A Corner Chapel for the Crafts,” American Craft, October/November 2003.
Auer, James. “Midwest art museums spare no expense,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 March 2003.
Auer, James. “Crafting a new museum,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2003.
Barreneche, Raul A. Brininstool + Lynch, Building on Modernism (New York: Edizioni Press, 2002)
Berger, Philip. “Racine Art Museum aims high,” Chicago Tribune, 20 April 2003.
Bergin, Mary. “Art and architecture blend in Racine,” The Capital Times, 15 May 2003.
Burke, Michael. “Art museum galleries to be named for donor Karen Johnson Boyd,” The Journal Times, 14 May 2002
Cole, Kevin. “City to Bask in Glow of New Art Museum,” Dialogue, March/April 2003, 51.
Gould, Whitney. “Elegance not synonymous with cost, as Racine museum proves,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 March 2003.
Graf, Crystal. “Creative Solutions, Construction Becomes Works of Art in Racine museum project,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 November 2002.
Hall, Peter. “Midwest Modern,” Metropolis, October 2003.
Hottinger, Katherine (ed.). “Art Cine,” Condé Nast Traveler, January 2004.
Kamin, Blair. “Rockford, Racine projects show promise for Chicago designers,” Chicago Tribune, 15 June 2003.
Koplos, Janet. “Racine Museum Grows,” Art in America, July 2003, 110.
Lange, Alexandra. “When Buildings Became Pin-Ups,” The New York Times, 18 May 2003.
Lynch, Kevin. “Racine combines old and new in museum project,” The Capital Times, 27 June 2000.
McCormick, Brian. “Gallery of Competition,” Crain’s Chicago Business, 29 September 2003.
Moxam, Charles. “Artistic Expression,” Commercial Design Trends (New Zealand), Vol: 20. No: 4, 2004.
Paul, Donna. “A Museum Comes of Age,” Interior Design, August 2003.
Roberts, Lee B. “New Art Museum Drawing National Attention to Racine,” The Journal Times, 14 September 2003.
Roberts, Lee B. “RAM brings ‘em home,” The Journal Times, 6 May 2003.
Roberts, Lee B. “One year later, RAM has made its mark,” The Journal Times, 13 May 2004.
Roberts, Lee B. “Familiar Faces,” The Journal Times, 18 November 2004.
Sommerhoff, Emilie W. “Art Alive,” Architectural Lighting, September/October 2003.
Szatan, Jerry W. “Image Shaping,” Urban Land, March 2005.
Webb, Michael. “Art in the Vault,” Architecture, September 2003.
Wicklund, Pete. “RAM goes public,” The Journal Times, 12 May 2003.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Christopher Barrett, Hedrich Blessing