With the expansion of the Nevada Museum of Art, LJC continues its collaborative relationship with architect Will Bruder FAIA as the Executive Architect for the addition to and reprogramming of the institution’s flagship building.
Strategically divided into two phases, the project design has been developed to allow the museum to provide continuous, uninterrupted programming to serve its community.
The project’s first phase, completed in the spring of 2023, included modernization of the existing mechanical systems, expansion of the curatorial and administrative areas, and a reworking of the exterior sculpture courtyard to increase public accessibility.
In dialogue with the foundation building, phase two of the project expands the museum to the south to occupy the remainder of the city block and provide enhanced access by providing a new public entry from California Street. Crafted in response to the local ecology of the high desert, the building is clad in a palette of terra cotta tile, box rib metal panel, weathered steel, and glazed apertures extending the architectural vocabulary of the museum’s flagship building completed in 2003.
When finished in 2024, the expansion will allow the museum to extend its mission and outreach by increasing the galleries on levels two and three and providing an elevated outdoor sculpture and landscaped garden, a library, an expanded Art+Environment archive and research center, additional education facilities, bookstore, and art support spaces.