Category I: MUSEUM


 

The 2016-2017 Steel Design Student Competition challenges students to design a museum featuring exhibit areas for large scale exhibits, as well as permanent collections and changing or rotating exhibitions. The museum will become a new destination and symbol for the city. The Museum will include primary galleries, changing galleries, auditorium, as well as a public exterior garden that will provide a setting for community activities.

Students should take into consideration the following when designing the museum: it should maximize clear circulation of the public from part to part; it should be capable of expansion over time; it should be distinctly “legible” – that is, it is to be memorable enough to be photographed for postcards and emblazoned on museum memorabilia. 

Museum Program Requirements

The functional and programmatic requirements outlined here must be met. The area allocations, however, are suggestions only and may be altered. Solutions should observe the total gross square footage, within a range of plus or minus ten percent.

Galleries

  Entry Lobby
1,000 sq. ft.
  Ticket Sales/Information Booth
250 sq. ft.
  Coat Room/Rest Rooms
1,000 sq. ft.
  Primary galleries
28,000 sq. ft.
In order to accommodate the diverse manifestations of exhibits, the main exhibition gallery should be designed as a flexible, column-free space that can be divided into smaller galleries as needed. A minimum clear interior vertical dimension of 25-30 feet should be maintained throughout the space. Diagrams conveying the flexibility of the exhibition gallery should be included as part of the required drawings. The gallery should allow for the display and installation of non-traditional art and exhibits.

  Changing exhibits
14,000 sq. ft.
The changing exhibit gallery should also be designed as a flexible, column-free space that can be divided into smaller galleries as needed. Diagrams conveying the flexibility of the exhibition gallery should be included as part of the required drawings. The gallery should allow for the display and installation of non-traditional art and exhibits.

  Auditorium for 250
2,500 sq. ft.
This auditorium will allow the community and visitors an area for lectures, film screening, and social functions. The auditorium will mostly be used by the general public and will often be loaned to community organizations.
  Public Exterior Space/Garden
5,000 sq. ft.
This exterior exhibit garden is intended to highlight the site and its context of the surrounding area.
  Subtotal
50,250 sq. ft.



Administration

  Directors Office
200 sq. ft.
  4 Assistant Directors Office
150 sq. ft. each
  Administrative Assistants
600 sq. ft.
  Conference Room
200 sq. ft.
  Board Room
300 sq. ft.
  Publicity   400 sq. ft.
  Administration Subtotal
2,300 sq. ft.



Service

  Loading Area
500 sq. ft.
  Superintendent
100 sq. ft.
  Security Office
100 sq. ft.
  Breakroom/Locker Area
300 sq. ft.
  Staff Restrooms
250 sq. ft.
  Workshop
400 sq. ft.
  Storage
2,000 sq. ft.
  Electrical Room
200 sq. ft.
  Mechanical Room
500 sq. ft.
  Communications Room   100 sq. ft.
  Service Subtotal
4,450 sq. ft.



Ancillary Areas

  Restaurant (150 seated)
1,500 sq. ft.
  Kitchen
1,500 sq. ft.
  Gift Shop
1,500 sq. ft.



Museum Total
62,000 sq. ft.



Total Net Square Feet

Plus 25% Allowance

For mechanical areas, 

circulation, structure, etc.
77,500 sq. ft.



Parking 
250 automobiles

 

 












 
  
  

  

The Site

The museum should be sited on a city lot to be chosen by the faculty sponsor and/or the student. The criteria for site selection include the following:

Size: the site should be no larger than a single city block
Context: the site should be located in an easily reached area of the city
Access: the site should be accessible by public transportation, walking, or vehicle. 

It is vitally important that the site is studied and researched in detail, as this should be the springing point for the design. The eventual competition entry should clearly show how the building responds to its “site”, in the widest understanding of that word. It is important that the site study reaches far beyond the aspects of the individual site, in order to determine the context for design, the programmatic brief for the building, and to inform the design process to follow. Site studies thus need to embrace the ‘local’ (the direct site context of the building), the ‘intermediate’ (since a museum has a physical relationship with places far and wide in a city) and the ‘global’ (the city and local culture as a whole). 

  
Download the full 2016-2017 Steel Competition Program (PDF)