Renovation planned for Gio Ponti's only North American building
Machado Silvetti和Fentress建筑师最近受委托对丹佛艺术博物馆进行翻修，使其重现活力。这座博物馆是由意大利著名设计师Gio Ponti设计的唯一的一座北美建筑。
Machado Silvetti Architects and Fentress Architects have been hired to revitalise the Denver Art Museum, the only North American building by famed Italian designer Gio Ponti.
Completed in 1971, the distinctive museum – dubbed the North Building – rises seven storeys and is regarded as one of the first high-rise art museums, according to the team. It is located in downtown Denver, Colorado.
Often referred to as "castle-like", the 210,000-square-foot (19,510-square-metre) building has an irregular form that consists of 24 different sides.
The exterior walls are clad in over one million reflective glass tiles and are punctured with various-shaped apertures.
The museum is the only completed building in North America by Ponti, known for such works as the 1958 Pirelli Tower in Milan, which was Italy's tallest building until the 1990s. Ponti, who died in 1979, was also a celebrated industrial designer and the founder of Domus magazine, in 1928.
The renovation – which entails a number of upgrades – will be designed by Boston-based Machado Silvetti Architects and local firm Fentress Architects. The team aims to stay true to Ponti's original vision as much as possible.
Jeffry Burchard是Machado Silvetti的主要负责人，他在一次科罗拉多州的电台的采访中说：“丹佛艺术博物馆确实是一个独一无二的公共机构，他们非常热爱Ponti的建筑。对他们来说，这就是他们的收藏中最有价值的部分”。
"The Denver Art Museum is really a one of a kind institution, and they are in love with their Ponti building," said Jeffry Burchard, a Machado Silvetti principal, in an interview with a Colorado radio station. "To them it's the most valuable piece in their collection."
The project will fulfil an unrealised aspect of Ponti's original design: visitor access to the seventh floor, which offers "sweeping views of the Rocky Mountains", the team said. It also will streamline access to the Hamilton Building, a spiky, titanium-clad addition to the museum by architect Daniel Libeskind that opened in 2006.
Other aspects of the plan include exterior site improvements, updates to mechanical systems, and expanded galleries to accommodate the museum’s growing collection. The plan also calls for a new welcome centre and space for educational programming.
Work on the $150 million (￡120 million) project is scheduled to begin in late 2017, with completion targeted for 2021 – the year of the museum's 50th anniversary.
这座建筑将会被改名为Martin大厦，是为了感谢慈善家J Landis和他的妻子Sharon Martin 2500万美元（2千万英镑）的捐赠，这也是该博物馆历史上最大的一笔现金捐赠。
博物馆的董事Christoph Heinrich说：“北楼的旧区更新将与丹佛艺术博物馆统一，庆祝Gio Ponti标志性的设计，保证建筑未来50年里的关联性和管理”。
The building will be renamed the Martin Building in recognition of a $25 million (￡20 million) gift from philanthropists J Landis and his wife Sharon Martin, the largest cash donation in the museum's history.
"The revitalisation of the North Building will unify the Denver Art Museum campus, celebrate Gio Ponti’s iconic design and ensure the building’s relevance and stewardship for the next 50 years,” said Christoph Heinrich, the museum’s director.
When the Ponti building opened more than four decades ago, the museum's annual attendance was 100,000. Today, roughly 700,000 people visit the museum each year.
Renovation plans first emerged in 2013, when the museum embarked on a structural assessment and feasibility studies. Two years later, local firm Tryba Architects was commissioned to conceive a master plan. Machado Silvetti and Fentress began design work earlier this year.
However, the future of another Ponti building looks less optimistic. One of his most famous houses, located in Tehran, is facing demolition to make way for a luxury hotel.