Herzog & de Meuron

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, USA – The design for the new Memphis Brooks Museum of Art has been revealed. Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River atop a bluff in the city’s historic district, the museum is part of a riverfront redevelopment plan that aims to reorient Memphis towards the river. The 10,500 sqm structure will feature galleries, exhibition spaces, and open spaces for community use and educational programs with free public access. The museum is expected to open to the public in 2026. Permeable and open, it will include a ground-level café, a museum store, and a gallery for temporary exhibits – all of which will activate the main street front elevation and be an invitation to passers-by to come inside, whether or not they planned to make a full visit.

Jacques Herzog: “We’ve aimed to design a welcoming civic landmark that upon approach explains itself visually and from the inside reminds the visitor where he or she is in relation to a legendary river and an historic city. The result will be a museum that’s both in Memphis and of Memphis, a landmark that couldn’t be anywhere else.”

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