A sleek addition to the McNay
A sleek addition to the McNay

By Douglass Britt

A European architect's first U.S. museum commission, the building's features include a dialogue between interior and exterior spaces, gallery walls that can easily be moved to suit exhibition needs and an overall design that is both minimal and warm, Rene Paul Barilleaux says, in words that might ring familiar to Houston art lovers.

A Modern Addition
A Modern Addition

By Jordan Breal

Low-slung and rectangular, with a flat, translucent roof, the Zen-like building juts out in stark contrast to the Spanish Colonial Revival—style mansion that was once founder Marion Koogler McNay’s home. Yet tucked into a grassy slope, it doesn’t overpower the original structure.