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Architects of New Barnes Foundation Building Win Award

Among the accolades: the design "honors the Merion facility" by replicating "the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original Merion spaces."

The architects of the new $150 million Barnes Foundation building in Philadelphia are being honored by the American Institute of Architects' 2013 Institute Honor Awards, the institute announced Monday.

The Barnes Foundation and its world-renowned art collection, located in Merion Station until July 2011, opened to the public on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia in Spring 2012.

The new facility's design, by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, "honors the Merion facility" by replicating "the scale, proportion, and configuration of the original Merion spaces," the American Institute of Architects writes.  The Institute also notes the vastly improved lighting for the $25 billion art collection, as well as additional classroom space and the building's internal garden. 

Have you visited the Barnes' new home in Philadelphia? How do you think it compares to the Merion building and grounds? Tell us in the comments.

Tim Rabbit January 18, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Hilarious. "Honors the Merion facility," [!] by moving the collection 8 miles at a cost of over $200 million. AIA awards have long been absurd. The new Barnes is an oblong box with some exotic imported stone cladding and a pitiful little pond in back. Pathetic.

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