Tuesday, May 01, 2007

KC in the New Yorker

I love the New Yorker. Check out this article about the additions to the Nelson. And don't miss the slide show.

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Anonymous lynx said...

I love the New Yorker, too, but the Holl-designed buildings are still ugly.

5/01/2007 12:49 PM  
Anonymous the nitwit said...

I'm still not sold on the addition, but they are growing on me. I still haven't made it inside to appreciate them from the inside, which seems fair before passing final judgement. And the New Yorker piece convinced me that I need to the addition more time.

5/01/2007 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Brooksider said...

I am completely seduced by the new buildings.

I was skeptical (with a capital SKEPT) at first, worried how they turned their back on the Rockhill neighborhood (still a concern), worried that they looked so unrelentingly drab and randomly chaotic on the outside; worried that they would ruin the classic elegance of the original structure. And then one evening a little over a year ago I was driving by one night and they were testing the light levels on the buildings and all I could think was WOW! I had never seen anything like it before. The buildings almost looked like a gaggle of elegant alien space ships. But even with the construction chain link fence topped with barbed wire still in place and the unplanted brown earth piled around all the familiar acreage, there was a new and exciting energy in place.

And let’s face it, the Nelson-Atkins had to do something. They had too much worthy art hidden away in storage. They had to expand. With the Holl addition the wonderful old structure is left undisturbed, exhibition space is greatly expanded and I think once they open, the new buildings will quickly take their place as outstanding additions to Kansas City’s architecture. Judging from the early reviews and articles, it might just give KC and the Nelson some well deserved international exposure.

Hold off on final judgment until you see them at night and stroll around the grounds. And then if all else fails, go inside and get reacquainted with old art friends and new treasures like the Hallmark Photography collection.

Now if we could just get rid of those damn shuttlecocks!

5/01/2007 1:28 PM  
Blogger emawkc said...

Parisians thought the Eiffel Tower was ugly when it was first completed.

I've been a long supporter of Holl's design and, having toured it from the inside, I strongly concur with the New Yorker review.

5/01/2007 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's still looks like a butler building during the day.

5/01/2007 4:52 PM  
Anonymous mainstream said...

they're growing on me, but they are nothing like the original design that was approved.

I've been inside and it's great.

Note that the NY'er didn't have any daytime pics.

The buildings look beautiful at night lit, but at a cost of big $$$ and energy utilization, just in time for global warming.

The large building in front seems to interrupt and separate, unlike the other, smaller lens structures.

And it looks like a big Butler bldg :o)

5/01/2007 7:10 PM  

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