Weisman Art Museum

The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. This project is the expansion of the original building that put Frank Gehry on the map in 1993.  While the original building was the last to be drawn “by hand” by Gehry’s team, the addition took full advantage of the latest 3D modeling technologies (based on aviation design) to create the curved, undulating forms for which Gehry is now famous.


L’Observatoire international provided the lighting for the new facades and exhibition spaces.

Location Minneapolis, MN, USA
Date Completed 2011
Architect Gehry Partners, LLP
Client Hammel, Green and Abrahamson
Type Museums + Cultural Institutions
size108,000 ft2 / 10,033 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Alex Miller
Project Team Socorro Sperati
Photo Credits Rik Sferra