PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM ADDITION
Salem, MA (2011)
Museoplan, in collaboration with KPF, were among a group of six architectural teams invited to compete for a major new addition to the Peabody Essex, the nation’s oldest museum. The brief called for 75,000 square feet of new exhibition galleries, new circulation and reception spaces and a full redesign of the museum’s ‘back-of-house’ functions. The main challenge was to impose a new organizational clarity on the complex of buildings that date from very different periods of construction, while respecting the diversity and specificity of the existing gallery spaces. The competition scheme developed a plan open to several different patterns of circulation, providing a sense of serendipity in the gallery sequence that allowed visitors to discover the museum’s holdings on their own terms.