Cleveland Museum of Art Atrium by Rafael Viñoly Architects
Atrium • Cleveland Museum of Art • Cleveland, Ohio • Rafael Viñoly Architects
The final addition to the renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Art is the 39,000-sq.ft. Ames Family Atrium. Almost as big as a football field, this five-story space is topped with an arched expanse of glass giving the illusion of being outdoors. The Atrium's completion encompasses the vision of Rafael Viñoly to have a light-filled common area connecting the community to its art. The Atrium connects the original 1916 museum building to the 1971 Marcel Breuer building and is flanked by the CMA's new east and west wing galleries. An analysis of the 1916 facade structure determined it could support the a glass-and-mullion atrium roof, which rises in a gentle curve to a height of 61 feet, atop a row of slender steel columns that make it appear to float above the old museum. To prevent condensation on the glass hot water is pumped through the mullions in the cold months, and cold water during the summer.