Denver Art Museum, known for its permanent and temporary art
collections, family-friendly environment and interactive activities
encouraging art appreciation, also is recognized for its striking
appearance. It comprises two architecturally bold
buildings—the North Building, which opened in 1971, and the
Frederic C. Hamilton Building, which opened in 2006—joined by
an elevated walkway.
The North Building was designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti
and Denver-based James Sudler Associates. The seven-story,
210,000-square-foot building was designed to move away from
traditional, temple-style museum architecture. The building's
exterior features more than 1 million reflective glass tiles and a
The newer Hamilton Building was built to accommodate the
museum's growing collections. The museum commissioned Daniel
Libeskind, who collaborated with Denver-based Davis Partnership
Architects, to design the 146,000-square-foot building, which is
covered with 9,000 titanium panels. Libeskind, known for his
designs worldwide, is the master planner for the World Trade Center
site in New York; the Hamilton Building is the first
Libeskind-designed building completed in North America.
Shortly after the Hamilton Building opened, a series of big
storms hit Denver, and the building developed leaks in its atrium
roof and skylights. Temporary repairs were used to stop the leaks
in 2006 and 2007, and in 2008, the museum decided to reroof the
leaking portions of...
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