Virginia Museum of Fine Arts receives RIBA International Award

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a 2011 International Awards winner. The Richmond, Virginia museum is one of 13 buildings selected by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) that represent “a star-studded cast of imaginative and breathtaking buildings” from around the world. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) now qualifies for RIBA’s coveted Lutbetkin Prize.

When VMFA set out to transform its existing space with a “bigger, brighter, and more welcoming” program, it did so from a very specific vision: transparency through major expanses of glass. The new museum includes a 165,000 square foot expansion featuring 44,000 square feet of design/assist services from Enclos on its facade — what the museum is calling a “virtuoso handling of transparency and natural light” in pursuit of it’s bigger, brighter, and more welcoming renovation program.

Facade technologies include custom curtainwall systems, glass fins, large/special glass, offshore sourcing, skylights, special geometries and stick systems. By utilizing a balance of expansive glass and limestone to blend the new structure with the existing, equilibrium was reached between the new and old.

You can read more about the new Virginia Museum of Fine Arts here.