Our friends at Structurlam have been doing some big things. Like building 58 of these 107-foot long mammoth beams for a new building being constructed at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
This is no ordinary building. The original Kimbell Gallery, designed by Louis Kahn, has become an architectural Mecca, so expanding on it was a controversial process. Ultimately global architectural icon Renzo Piano was given the $125 Million task, and the 90,000-square-foot addition will contain galleries, studios, classrooms, a library, and an auditorium.
The design uses these massive wood beams to create huge open-area spaces. Each beam is some 5 feet thick, and they were coated with a special BRODA ® Clarity WS formula. The CBR team worked closely with Structurlam and the architects over a period of months to develop a special grey/white colour, as the aesthetic effect of the beams in such a world-class artistic space must be perfect.
Read more about the building in the Architectural Record here.
Image: South view of the building design, 2010 © Renzo Piano Building Workshop