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Pavilion entrance at night

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Interior Room

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Pavilion in the museum courtyard with cafe seating (night)

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Pavilion in the museum courtyard with cafe seating (day)

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One of many colors programmed for pavilion exterior at night

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Exterior pavilion color progression

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Exterior pavilion color progression

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Exterior pavilion color progression

DONNALLY ARCHITECTS

SKYSPACE PAVILION, HENRY ART GALLERY | UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

The permanent pavilion is both a singular piece of art and an important addition to the architectural fabric of the Henry Art Gallery. Done in collaboration with the artist James Turrell, world-renowned for his manipulation of light, it is a powerful experience both inside and out. The overall refinement and simplicity of the pavilion belies an extraordinarily complex orchestration of art, design and engineering. It comprises a single sitting space for viewing the sky through an uncovered elliptical ceiling oculus.

An oval dome closes over the oculus in inclement weather. The exterior is illuminated at night by strips of LED lights behind the translucent glass fa├žade, which go through a computer controlled sequence of slowly changing colors

"I have the highest respect for Bruce Donnally's capabilities as a design architect and manager of a complex design and construction process. Bruce was unfailing in his sensitivity to our concerns and interests throughout the project..." Read More

Richard Andrews, Director, Henry Art Gallery

This project received a 2003 Citation award from the Seattle, AIA. The jury noted that "an astonishing work of art has resulted from the close collaboration between artist and architect."

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Photo Credits: Lara Swimmer Photography