San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopened on May 14, 2016 after it had been closed for three years for expansion.    The expansion more than doubles the museum’s gallery spaces and provides almost six times as much public space as the previous building.  Designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta, SFMOMA seamlessly integrates a 10-story expansion with the original Mario Botta–designed building to create 460,000 square feet. 

As the largest modern and contemporary art museum in North America, SFMOMA is also largest museum in North America to be illuminated with LED lighting.  Arup was the Lighting Designer for SFMOMA and was involved with all the elements which create the sensory environment of the building and galleries — lighting, acoustics, audiovisual technologies, and building envelope design.  Arup specified Lighting Services Inc's LumeLEX 2044 and LumeLEX 2084 LED fixtures as well as Recessed Track for the museum's gallery lighting.

SFMOMA received LEED Gold certification for the building's efficiency in its mechanical, lighting, water, and other systems. 

Architect: Snøhetta

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