Monumental Building Dedicated to Richard Serra's Sculpture Works

Adhitya Angga | Tuesday, 12 July 2022

In the United States, Maryland to be exact, Thomas Phifer and Partners have designed a concrete structure in the form of a square which is located in The Glenstone Museum, which houses works of art from the sculptor Richard Serra. The Glenstone Museum has a great outdoor gallery that houses other works of Richard Serra’s art.

the winding path leading to the building housing Richard Serra's art. (Photo by Glenstone Museumthe winding path leading to the building housing Richard Serra's art. (Photo by Glenstone Museum)

The rectangular concrete structure has an area of 281 square meters and is used specifically to accommodate the works of art from Richard Serra. The statue in question from Richard Serra’s work is a steel sculpture in the shape of a cylinder. Four statues were built in 2017 and each has a different shape. The four statues are stored in concrete buildings to protect them from external factors that can damage physical sculpture.

the building is like being immersed in the ground for several years. (Photo by Glenstone Museum) the building is like being immersed in the ground for several years. (Photo by Glenstone Museum)

Thomas Phifer wanted the space to be a quiet place for visitors. To access the concrete room, visitors have to walk through a wooden walkway elevated winding because it stands on wet ground. The shape that looks simple resulted from several considerations in designing, such as figuring out how the volume of a building's mass can interact with the mass inside, how to create lighting that can illuminate the surface of the sculpture dramatically, and how the concrete texture of the building match the existing artwork inside it. 


cylindrical steel sculptures with the same weight but different shapes. (Photo by Glenstone Museum) cylindrical steel sculptures with the same weight but different shapes. (Photo by Glenstone Museum

Almost 100% of the materials used for the structure of the square building are concrete. To balance the natural properties of concrete, Thomas Phifer and Partners added skylights and stainless steel doors. The application of skylights is because the inside of the building does not use electric lamps, all the lighting that illuminates Richard’s Sculpture Serra is sourced from skylights with white glass with a frame of aluminum. The ceiling is also made of concrete supported by concrete beams. The skylight position is between the stretch of concrete blocks. 


the building is covered with trees and green vegetation. (Photo by John Hill)  the building is covered with trees and green vegetation. (Photo by John Hill)  

Due to the four large metal sculptures, Thomas Phifer and Partners made a concrete floor with a thickness of 1.2 meters. This building is located on the eastern edge at the base of the slope so that on the back the gallery is buried 4.5 meters into the hillside. Around the basic structure, buildings have been made embankments, filled back using soil thus presenting the building as if it were immersed in the ground for many years.

 

 

 

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