A few notes:
Enviable circulation: The museum now has a circulation system that most large art museums would envy. Galleries flow out from the original central axis and it is remarkably easy to find one's way around. This is the beauty of several large additions (Pei and now Foster) instead of the hodge-podge of many small ones.
|Atrium at the end of the day. Typically, it is filled with people.|
|Counters on wheels!|
|Air return vent|
Techy note: The return air plenums are in the four-foot thick walls between the galleries. Peering through the grates, one can see to the top and bottom of the building. The thick walls provide a nice transition between the galleries, but also act as giant air handlers. It would be interesting to know more about Foster's thinking behind the building's systems.
|Long, empty, corridor.|