Built in 1934 in the campus of the University of Minnesota, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum features a wide variety of artworks that were originally collected by Frank Gehry and Weisman, the latter of which is known to be a famous benefactor of the arts. Gehry, on the other hand, is one of the best known architects in his time and was responsible for designing the museum’s building, which had been its home since 1993. The permanent collection of the museum include more than 17,000 artworks that include ceramics, Korean furniture, Mimbres pottery, and American modernism. Besides being a public museum, it also prides itself as being one of the premier learning centers for art, offering a wide variety of programs that use art as a medium for creative writing, critical thinking, and observation exercises as well as public forums. The museum’s official website has an updated list of its programs, classes, workshops, and current exhibits. Learning resources provided by the museum are not only for students but also for families and educators.

Project Highlights

  • Galleries, auditorium, and retail spaces
  • Clear span of 80 feet
  • Structural steel and cast-in-place post-tensioned concrete


The Weisman Art Museum is a four-story structure housing about 11,000 square feet of gallery space, a 120-seat auditorium, a museum store, storage areas, carpentry and technical areas, office and meeting/class rooms, and hospitality spaces. The gallery has eighty feet of clear span. Below the gallery spaces, a parking ramp accommodates 300 vehicles. Construction materials include structural steel and cast-in-place, post-tensioned and reinforced concrete. The facility is supported by drilled concrete piers in bedrock.

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • Architect of Record: Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle
  • Design Architect: Frank O. Gehry
  • Client: University of Minnesota

This design scares me it is very masculine and bold and seems to be all over the place yet it grabs my attention and i can’t stop staring. It reminds me of the pixar film  robots, the idea of the film was robots swap body parts with other robots making them seem incomplete and bait like junkyard robots, this is what the museum looks like to ma as if it was foamed by all junkyard scraps of metal formed together to create a whole object.


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I am currently doing my Masters in interior design, this blog is to reflect and inspire my progress through out my time on the course. View all posts by hannahruthkellett

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