Studio Professor: Martin Finio
Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut wanted to combine its various smaller collections and exhibition spaces into one central, campus-wide museum emphasizing object display and accessibility.
The site for the museum was on a piece of land between several prominent buildings that served as the gathering place for students on campus. Since the site functioned so well because of its "emptiness," it seemed the most appropriate response was an architecture that would "disappear." By floating the museum above the gently sloping ground, and keeping the ground level of the museum open and free for assembly and gathering, the new building would amplify the site's role as the most important cultural place on campus.