SHELBURNE MUSEUM,
PIZZAGALLI CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION

Shelburne, Vermont

SHELBURNE MUSEUM,
PIZZAGALLI CENTER FOR ART AND EDUCATION

The Center for Art and Education is the gateway to Shelburne Museum, introducing visitors to a unique campus of historic New England structures and folk art. Previously closed in winter, the museum now offers year-round arts programming in this new exhibition and education building.

The site design responds to two vantage points, announcing the museum from its adjacent roads and providing panoramic views of the Adirondack Mountains to the west. The Center is built into a natural slope, allowing thermal mass to enhance energy performance. The design vision called for a building of scale and simplicity, well-grounded and responsive to its setting of historic structures. The resulting design — with deep eaves, flat roof, and high-performance glass curtainwall — grew from exchanges with stakeholders that shifted expectations from a traditional to contemporary design approach. The façade is clad with cedar planks and local Adirondack granite, and the interior is finished with Vermont slate, cedar, and locally sourced, recaptured beech flooring. Public areas offer dramatic views and an abundance of natural light. Climate-controlled galleries feature changing exhibitions drawn from the permanent collections and traveling exhibitions.

Shelburne Museum received an Award for Design Excellence from AIA Vermont, the BSA Hobson Award for Design Excellence, and an Illuminating Engineering Society Illumination Award of Merit.

Location: Shelburne, Vermont
Project Size: 17,030 sf

Project Team: Steven Gerrard AIA, Ann Beha FAIA, Thomas Hotaling AIA, (ABA); Engineering Ventures (Structural); Altieri (MEP); Wagner Hodgson Landscape (Landscape); Civil Engineering Assoc. (Civil); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Green Leaf (LEED); Kalin Associates (Specifications); PC Construction (Construction Manager); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)