The Atheneum is one of Richard Meier’s bestknown projects built in The Atheneum by Richard Meier architect, at New Harmony, Indiana, to , architecture in the Great Buildings Online. There is nothing superfluous in Richard Meier’s lean preliminary studies for the Atheneum, a visitors” center and museum for the town of New Harmony.
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A three story diagonal plane marks the entry sequence. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.
Although the utopian society dissolved aroundMeier kept this original historic context as his primary concern in this design. There are four galleries. Visitors descend by way of a second ramp — this one elongated and stepped, an uncoiled version of the interior one — leading out of the building and into New Harmony itself.
By rotating one axis slightly off center, Meier creates a dynamic tension that is reinforced by the shifting directions of the path threading through a variety of spaces connected by ramps and stairs. Spirit of the times The historical context of the town and the spirit of the times in which this building was actually conceived and built provide an interesting parallel.
He produces them not for aesthetic purposes—he finds little value in drawing and coloring beautiful facades—but as part of his process of exploring the building’s fundamental design, in plan, section, and elevation.
Case Study: The Atheneum by Richard Meier
The plan, which seems to have been neglected of late, is in fact the key. At the uppermost roof terrace, the visitor finds himself confronted with the town. Functional Aspect The program of the building is concerned with orientation, richaard gathering and cultural events.
The Atheneum Commentary The Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana serves as a visitation starting point to this important utopian settlement.
Richard Meier. The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana, Plan, preliminary study. | MoMA
Come and meet your New Town Manager. Around the same time The Atheneum was conceived and built, Architectural discourse was taking different positions on form.
As the ramp winds upward from the orthogonal grid and regains the five-degree offset orientation of the path from the river, the entire building is set in motion; the geometry of overlaid grids inducing a sense of spatial compression at certain points, tension at others, with grids almost colliding.
From here, the pedestrian circulation through the building is a continuous experience, of which the interior ramp is chief mediator and armature.
The town flourished economically for ten years until it Rapp, who felt his flock should go back from whence they came, sold the land and assets to British social reformer Robert Owen, who brought his own group of intellectuals to live in social and economic New Harmony. Subscribers – login to skip ads. The first, a primary orthogonal grid responds to the street grid of the town. All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze scalarchives.
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New Harmony’s Atheneum
The second galleries discusses the various individuals in New Harmony’s history. While the elevation tends to pictorialize, the plan and the section speak to the architect about spatial ideas. It was built between and Rules of Focus – Pasadena City College. I do believe that buildings should speak. Visitors are guided through galleries include communal history exhibits and models.
The drawing conveys a sense of anticipation and excitement, suggesting how this spatially complex building invites exploration and discovery, for the exhibits in the galleries, for the rooftop balcony from which to view the historic town, and for its own intricate sake, as a fitting symbol of the town founders’ pioneering spirit. The complexity of these spaces is echoed in the irregular outline of the facade, notably the curved and fluid wall oriented toward the nearby river.
Gallery IV is a private space for meetings and events, not open to the public. Framed views to the exterior allow controlled glimpses and anticipations of the town and the landscape.
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