Light in Nature: North Carolina Museum of Art: Fisher Island House

Light in Nature: North Carolina Museum of Art: Fisher Island House

by Thomas Phifer


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Inside the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), the light of day and lush surrounding fields have a presence unusual in institutional galleries for art. Overhead, hundreds of elliptical oculi in long parallel vaults bathe the museum interior in even, full-spectrum daylight, modulated by layers that filter out damaging rays. In this gently luminous setting, against pure white walls, the art—including a masterful Giotto altarpiece—takes on heightened immediacy and vividness. A departure from traditional hierarchies, the museum is, in some respects, a single 65,000-square-foot room. Within this spatial continuum, a succession of wall planes, many freestanding without reaching the ceiling, delineate separate galleries. Instead of fully enclosed rooms, each gallery has at least one open corner, inviting fluid movement.

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ISBN-13: 9781935935094
Publisher: ORO Editions
Publication date: 11/07/2011
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1953, Thomas Phifer attended Clemson University, graduating with a Master of Architecture. He founded Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1996, after working previously as senior design partner at Richard Meier & Partners, and as a senior design associate at Gwathmey Siegel & Associates.

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