Location: Roanoke, VA
Located at one of Roanoke’s most visible and historic downtown intersections, the Taubman Museum of Art was designed as a prominent gateway to the city. As the city’s most contemporary structure, it represents Roanoke’s transformation from an industrial and manufacturing based economy to one driven by technology information and services. The building’s forms and materials interpret the renowned beauty and drama of the surrounding Shenandoah Valley landscape framed by the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. RRMM Architects served Randall Stout Architects as the point of contact in Roanoke, Virginia, and navigated the project approval process with the City’s Architectural Review Board. In addition, we had a significant role in the Construction Administration of this project.
Stratified over three levels, the building program occupies 82,000 square feet. Primary public spaces are located on the ground level, including the museum lobby, large screen theater, café, gift shop, auditorium and education spaces, along with additional support areas associated with the loading dock and art receiving activities. All permanent collection galleries, as well as the temporary exhibit galleries and art storage, are located on the second level. The third and uppermost floor holds the boardroom, director’s suite and all staff offices. Light defines the primary circulation, fracturing the building at the second floor galleries to emerge into dynamic glass volumes at each end. Representing the hub for the entire facility, the volume of the lobby atrium connects the two floors and rises to a peak of 75 feet. The top floor splits again, causing the roofs to part for clerestory light as it, along with the events terrace, projects outward and over the street below.