MFA Foster Wing

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Norman Foster, Edward Bosley

Founded in 1870, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts is not just an impressive museum--it is also housed in one of America's most distinguished buildings. When it was time to add an extension to accommodate the museum's holdings, Foster + Partners conceived of a brilliant strategy, one that reinforced the logic of the original Beaux-Arts footprint while adding a few neo-modernist twists such as the insertion of a freestanding glazed structure between the building's two principal spaces. This "crystal spine" encloses an existing courtyard in a glass "jewel box," which creates spaces for visitor orientation and a café and leads to the new Art of the Americas wing. This book provides a detailed history of the 120,000-square-foot project, from the museum's founding to the triumphant unveiling of the new wing.

Norman Foster is Founder and Chairman of Foster + Partners, one of the world's most respected architectural practices. He is the recipient of the Pritzker Prize and the Praemium Imperiale. Edward Bosley is Director of the Gamble House in Pasadena, California. An authority on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American architecture, he is the author of numerous books as well as a contributor to the Norman Foster Works series.

96 pages.