Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2004-2010
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a beloved city landmark drawing over one million visitors a year. The new sculpture garden, overlooking the Schuylkill River, offers visitors a sequence of outdoor galleries and forms a gateway from the city to the expanse of Fairmount Park. Located on the roof of an underground parking facility, The Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden seamlessly integrates the structure into the slope of the existing landscape. The space is versatile, designed to accommodate rotations in the sculpture installations sited by museum curators. To maintain an open and sustainable garden experience, native plantings create changing seasonal attraction throughout the year and provide a habitat for local wildlife, while permeable paving on an adjacent surface parking lot absorbs and filters stormwater into a bio-swale for use on-site. From the upper garden terrace, dramatic views open to the river and Fairmount Park, and the lower fountain terrace overlooks the lush azalea gardens and Lemon Hill beyond. By merging art with function, the Sculpture Garden provides an elegant and sensitive response to the Museum’s needs and its treasured place in Philadelphia.