High Museum of Art Expansion

High Museum of Art Expansion

The High Museum of Art is one of the most important museums in the United States. Richard Meier designed the present building more thanthirty years ago and it is the focal point of a large complex. The work entrusted to the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in 1999 was an extension that doubled the size of the existing museum. It was also necessary to reconfigure the museum complex, establishing a dialogue between the existing buildings and the new additions.

Project data


1999 - 2003


2003 - 2005

Site area

33628 m2

Built area

16444 m2 (existing)

2899 m2 (extension)


29,6 m High Museum of Art

30,2 m Atlanta College of Art


7 + basement High Museum of Art

8 Atlanta College of Art



High Museum of Art + Woodruff Arts Center


Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Lord, Aeck & Sargent Inc. (Atlanta), architects


Ove Arup & Partners + Uzun & Case + Jordan & Skala (structure and services); Arup Acoustics (acoustics); Arup Lighting (lighting); HDR/WLJorden (civil engineering); Jordan Jones & Goulding (landscaping); Bergmeyer Associates (interiors/restaurant); Brand+Allen Architects (interiors/retail)