009. Menil

The Menil Collection, 1987, architect Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 1515 Sul Ross St. The legendary collection of John and Dominque de Menil was almost fifty years in the making before it ended up in this museum specifically designed for it. It was the first U.S. commission for Italian architect Renzo Piano and his Building Workshop and is known for its inventive manipulation of natural light. Like the de Menils, the museum is quietly elegant and simple in design. One of the mandates to Piano was to design a building that seemed "large on the inside, but small on the outside", since it is sited in the middle of a neighborhood of bungalow homes.

also by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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