Nelson-Atkins’ Bloch Building
Architecture & Interiors
On June 9, 2007 the transformed campus of the Nelson-Atkins’ Museum was unveiled at a cost of close to $86 million in construction. At the heart of the transformation, Nelson-Atkins’ Bloch Building, a string of iridescent frosted-glass boxes pop out of the grassy lawn. Well versed in Museum design, architect Steven Holl’s 21st-century companion doesn’t overwhelm the 1933 Beaux Arts original.
Set on the Museum’s 22-acre campus on gently sloping hills next to the Museum’s original building designed by Wight and Wight. They are absolutely magical at dusk when they begin to glow and filter sunlight into a series of dramatic underground galleries.
The 5 structures or “lenses” ascend 840 ft. out of the ground as sculptural interventions, playing with the landscape and engaging visitors both inside and out to partake in the architectural experience, while also incorporating Kansas City’s Sculptural Park. Internally, the lenses create vaulted ceilings and cathedral-like spaces.
A noteworthy addition to Kansas City and anything modern.
Have an infinitely modern day!