By Andrew Marton
Mr. Piano’s pavilion design aims to complement Kahn’s monumental modernist aesthetic, his fondness for concrete and his emphasis on light. “I understood that we needed to create a dialogue between the two buildings,” Mr. Piano wrote in an email.
By Elizabeth Donoff
Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Arup join forces to create a contemporary lighting scheme for the new Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum, one that keeps the original work of Louis Kahn and Richard Kelly in mind.
One striking aspect of Piano’s scheme is the gracefulness with which it restores the threshold experience of the Kahn museum to Kahn’s original vision, so that once again the majority of visitors will enter as intended through the main west entrance and tree-lined court, flanked by pools and vaulted porticos.
By Dan Howarth
Subtly echoing Kahn's building in height, scale and general layout, the RPBW building has a more open, transparent character. Light, discreet (half the footprint hidden underground), yet with its own character, setting up a dialogue between old and new. The new building consists of two connected structures.