View of south entry approach. Stepped landscape swells up to meet the Link Gallery in a broad public entry that is inherently accessible.
Large existing mound logic extending across entire block to KAM's south facade. Existing gold brise soleil restored with the dark grey context as originally conceived for the building in the 1960s.
Cross-cut stepped landscape references the monumental while providing a new accessible route to both the museum and School of Art & Design.
Multiple existing gallery openings are consolidated into a single public threshold that is more generous and increases the exhibition area and cohesiveness of the existing galleries.
Consolidated threshold linking Noel and African galleries to lobby.
Study for sectional modifications to the existing cafe utilizing the original gold anodized lattice brise-soleil on the museum's south facade.
Strategies for increasing connectivity to the surrounding campus.
Future growth and new building typology study.


Krannert Art Museum, Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL

The KAM Master Plan critically analyzes the current functioning of the 67,600sf Krannert Art Museum facilities (including galleries, café, Link Gallery, Kinkead Pavilion, administrative spaces, and surrounding grounds). The new organization simplifies circulation, clarifies wayfinding, increases usable gallery area and offers greater programming flexibility within the existing building footprint. The new gallery interiors, lighting, and HVAC distribution serve as a prototype for future gallery and lobby renovations that will amplify KAM's place as a cultural destination and premier venue for presenting art and arts programming.

The Plan also presents a series of practical architectural repairs/upgrades, optimized program configurations, and long term organizational/growth strategies, including the integration of a new Intermedia Lab facility. Phase I renovations were completed Fall 2012, with Phase II renovations expected to begin in 2015.

Karl Larson, project manager
Benjamin Cadena, designer
Ivan Chabra, Steven Chen, Billy Garcia, Kai Hotson, project team