Despite the fact the current Mario Botta-designed building only opened in 1995, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has already outgrown its space. A new extension, designed by Scandinavian firm Snøhetta, will feature increased public circulation between the museum and the city through the creation of free, public ground-level galleries, new entrances that make the museum accessible from every direction and a central public gathering place. The use of glass throughout the building, as well as the creation of two outdoor terraces and a new sculpture garden, further opens up the museum and connects it to the city. The building will be finished in late 2015.

Photography: Snohetta/Mir/Hendrik Kam

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