Grand Gallery Renovation and Crosswalk Gallery
Westlake Reed Leskosky designed a new 7,000 sf flexible gallery space for the Heard Museum by combining the existing Ullman and Lincoln Galleries into a single, unified gallery named the Grand Gallery. The flexible gallery arrangement will accommodate a wide variety of large-scale traveling exhibits from other distinguished institutions, including the Smithsonian.
Renovation of the new, unified Grand Gallery will include state-of-the-art technology, offering digital communication platforms and the capacity for interactive exhibits, and will improve accessibility and enhance visitor experience. The Grand Gallery will allow the Heard Museum to fulfill its mission and principles of the strategic plan to provide Relevancy, Sustainability, and Audience Development through a more expansive and integrated gallery.
As part of the project scope, the floor surface between the Lincoln and Ullman Galleries will be united as a single floor level. In addition to the new gallery space, the existing courtyard north of the Lincoln Gallery will be enclosed and converted to a new preparatory space with an acoustically insulated roll-up door, providing direct access to the exterior for ease of loading and unloading, as well as direct access to the Grand Gallery. A new bridge element, called the Crosswalk Gallery, will accommodate an accessible path of travel from the second floor of the Crossroads Gallery to the Boarding School Gallery at the Heard Museum.