A gallery's front porch projects to welcome its guests

RALEIGH – A historic 1910 brick building that has housed a welding studio and product company has been converted into a modern art museum. With a dramatic 84-sq-m entranceway addition, the CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) has an attention-grabbing exterior to counter its minimalist interior. The lobby is a glass-enclosed space beneath a folded panel roof which extends over the sculpture garden. Like a ‘welcoming front porch,’ the roof provides shade by day and acts as a fuse between the existing building and new lobby.

Further inside, three galleries greet guests. The main gallery has tall ceilings and original metal trusses are exposed and have been painted white. A row of porthole-like details are part of the ventilation system. The architects say recycling the existing building was an important part of the project, preserving the city’s history and demonstrating a commitment to sustainability. The project was completed on a budget of USD 5 million and is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was completed by Brooks Scarpa and Clearscapes.


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