Design Studio with Hilary Sample

Suspending Space addresses how the museum interacts with the city through public spaces, both at an urban scale and within the museum itself. Unlike historical art museums with permanent collections, a Kunsthalle should create conditions where people from different groups might intermingle-sparking debate, discussion, and learning in service of providing a better understanding of our times. Through shifts in massing, the museum creates both interior and exterior public space. On the exterior, two large-scale public spaces are conceived as rooms for the city and are programmed with artists installations. On the interior, access to the public spaces of the lobby, theater, learning event space, and reading room are disbursed around a central multipurpose space. These programs are compressed under volumes of more enclosed gallery spaces above.