Erie Art Museum / Erie Art Museum


Location: Erie, PA
2011 Pittsburgh Chapter AIA Award
2010 LEED™ Gold Certification

Program Elements:
Multipurpose performance space
Permanent and traveling exhibition space
Outdoor living room/ sculpture garden

Innovative sustainable design feat

The renovation and expansion of the Erie Art Museum redefines the museum as a recurring destination for the community. Located in downtown Erie, the building provides new spaces for permanent and traveling exhibitions, a multipurpose performance and program space, a café, and an outdoor “living room/ sculpture garden,” fostering diverse programs.

The addition provides an accessible and prominent main entrance with a dynamic architectural identity. Serving as the Museum’s new “front door,” it is porous, transparent and designed to capture and intrigue patrons and passers-by. Accommodating a café and seating area, along with the Museum’s retail operation, and a free gallery, the entrance encourages the community to engage. Acting as a portal to various galleries, performance spaces and public spaces, the architecture cantilevers outward to capture the view from Erie’s main street.

The multipurpose space was designed to accommodate a large variety of programs from spoken word, music and dance performances, on stage and on the floor, to children’s lunches and educational programs.