The Denver Art Museum


Chris Porto writes, World renowned architect and designer for the new Frederic C.

World renowned architect and designer for the new Frederic C. Hamilton Building Daniel Libeskind says, “I was inspired by the light and the geology of the Rockies, but most of all the wide-open faces of the people of Denver.” The building is a new addition to the Denver Art Museum and is catching the attention of many people with its unique architecture. The design features very few 90 degree angles and many sloped walls. To design the building, architects had an idea of a “spatial dance”- two lines that fold but don’t touch. With the use of computerized renderings and scale models the Denver Art Museum was born.”Why use 90 degree angles when there are so many others to use?” says Libeskind. He limited the number of right angles to structures that required them, like the elevators. Otherwise, a major part of the architecture is based on sloped walls. The museum asked for a specific amount of gallery space, and the design was fitted around it. That way, the design didn’t interfere with the needed area.The building is made up of over 2,750 tons of steel for framing and titanium panels make up the exterior. The complicated design was held up during construction by temporary braces until it was finished. Dave Sandlin, a construction executive, says, “Until it’s fully together, it’s not holding itself up.” To make sure the walls would not fall down, the building’s weight is transferred to the central core and the foundation. Due to this, the building requires very little bracing to hold it up.With the addition of the Hamilton Building, the Denver Art Museum will have 40 percent more gallery space. The building provides an area for large traveling collections, as well as permanent exhibits. Most of the art will hang on vertical walls, which can be moved without damaging the original building.To learn more about the architecture of the Denver Art Museum, visit