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Michael Maltzan Architecture

America settentrionale | Fresno

Emblematic of the expansive growth and urbanization occurring in the California Central Valley- the most productive agricultural region in the world- the city of Fresno has become one of the fastest growing major cities in California. Experiencing the increasing pressure to provide a social and cultural life for the region within this shifting urban context, the Fresno Metropolitan Museum has embarked on an ambitious plan to expand not only its existing facilities but to rethink the nature of the institution, its contents and the ways in which it engages with the public and surrounding communities.
A visually permeable, almost evanescent form floating above the street, the new Museum presents both a startling iconic image against the repetitive urban grid and provides an expansive open public plaza underneath. The Museum is supported on three faceted volumes that contain the...

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