Style and Design
Cutting Edge Architecture: Treasure Chest
Tampa Museum of Art, designed by San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz
[Photo: Tampa Museum of Art; Mobile: Alexander Calder]
Respecting the treasures it holds, the Tampa Museum of Art in downtown Tampa is designed as a sort of metal jewel box atop a glass pedestal, says San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz. The relatively petite glass-walled base provides an entry-level section and elevates the exhibit space, protecting it from potential floods. Two layers of perforated aluminum panels on the facade create moire-like patterns as pedestrians move around the building. Adding another element of visual interest are reflections of nature — of the sky, rippling water and landscaping at the neighboring park. At night, the building transforms itself into public art. Stretching 300 feet long is a display of non-repeating LED light patterns produced by New York-based digital light artist Leo Villareal.
[Photo: James Borchuck/St. Petersburg Times]