1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A ©RPBW
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Hickey & Robertson
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Michel Denancé
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Michel Denancé
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Hickey & Robertson
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Hickey & Robertson
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Michel Denancé
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A Ph. Michel Denancé
1992-1995

Cy Twombly Pavilion

Houston, U.S.A

In 1992, RPBW was commissioned by Dominique de Menil to build a small, independent pavilion dedicated to the work of Cy Twombly in the grounds of the Menil Collection. Standing among the Menil’s surrounding bungalows, the Twombly Gallery had to have architectural and visual autonomy, while at the same time fitting in with the adjacent Menil Collection.

The Cy Twombly Gallery is built of Menil-gray-coloured block concrete, is square in plan and contains nine galleries.

Like the main museum, it is lit through the roof, but here with an external canopy of louvers, shading the sloping, hipped glass roof, below which a fabric ceiling diffuses the light, giving a reduced intensity of around 300 lux.

Credits

Client: The Menil Foundation

Renzo Piano Building Workshop, architects – M. Carroll, partner in charge

Design team: S. Ishida (senior partner) with M. Palmore
and S. Comer, A. Ewing, S. Lopez

Consultants: R. Fitzgerald & Associates (local architect); Ove Arup & Partners, Haynes Whaley Associates Inc. (structure); Ove Arup & Partners (services); Lockwood Andrews & Newman (civil engineering).

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