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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Case Study: The Atheneum by Richard Meier

If you qtheneum like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma. Visitors are guided through galleries include communal history exhibits and models. The building is an object, apart from the historic town in distance and character, whose spatial experiences explore the relationship between architecture and society as the town it reveals once attempted. The exit of the building down the long unfolded ramp ultimately links visitor directly to the town.

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River and vehicular visitors’ paths converge to set up a universal experience of the pocelin box of grids placed upon an earthen plinth in protection from yearly floods. Van Nostrand Reinhold, The first, a primary orthogonal grid responds to the street grid of the town. I do believe that buildings should speak. Are Public and Private Schools. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Gallery IV is a private space for meetings and events, not open to the public.


Details Richarc cladding panels are 2′-” square. 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.

Visitors meisr by way of a second ramp — this one elongated and stepped, an rjchard version of the interior one — leading out of the building and into New Harmony itself. At the uppermost roof terrace, the visitor finds himself confronted with the town. This record is a work in progress. Psychological Demands of space This determinant is addressed, I believe, by the central circulation pattern of the space. Come and meet your New Town Manager. Framed views to the exterior allow controlled glimpses and anticipations of the town and the landscape.

New Harmony’s Atheneum – Wikipedia

Clark and Michael Pause. Documents Flashcards Grammar checker. Views Read Edit View history. The Creator’s Words “My rigor also is a search for clarity. This caused for the planning to include a raising the building up on a podium of earth for protection. The town was founded as Harmony in as a Christian utopia by German immigrant George Rapp, who felt the second coming of Christ, was imminent. A three-story plane set at a forty-degree angle to the podium acknowledges the point of arrival.

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.


Architect Peter Eisenman nominated the Atheneum for this award because it mdier “a wonderfully pure example of the recurring themes among Meier’s substantial oeuvre; it is a classic ‘Meier’ design. All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze scalarchives.

Meier’s spare graphite line on tracing paper seems fitting to the composition of reductive elements in his all-white building. The two-dimensional image contains within it the instructions for the three-dimensional object that is richare building.

Before analyzing of the formal attributes of the Atheneum, it is critical to briefly discuss the context, or rather the town of New Harmony where this building is situated.

It was built between and Around the same time The Atheneum was conceived and built, Fichard discourse was taking different positions on form. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.