Work has started on the renovation and expansion of the Asian Art Museum in Seattle, designed by LMN Architects. The $54 million project takes an early 20th-century building and brings it up to 21st-century standards.
The renovation and expansion preserves the 1933 historic building and its Art Deco façade, improves the museum's infrastructure, protects the collection with climate control and seismic system upgrades, enhances ADA accessibility, and improves the museum's connection to Volunteer Park, including the restoration 2 of historic pathways in the park. An expansion of the historic building provides approximately 13,900 square feet of much-needed new space, but changes the museum's footprint in the park by only 3,290 square feet (less than one quarter of one percent of the park's 48-acre total). The project adds a new exhibition gallery, a dedicated education space, and a new conservation center.