The design of the Mark Rothko Pavilion expansion and renovation of the Museum campus project was achieved through a design collaboration between two highly regarded architecture firms: Portland-based Hennebery Eddy Architects with Vinci Hamp Architects of Chicago. Together, they have worked with the Museum to bring the vision to life.
Vinci Hamp Architects, known for its award-winning work with museums and historic preservation, counts the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Illinois State Capitol, Chicago Tribune Tower, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio among its roster of clients. Vinci Hamp was selected because of their architects’ understanding of how museums need to function for a wide range of users. They also had previous knowledge of the Portland Art Museum through their work on exhibition design for Queen Nefertari’s Egypt (2021), Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 (2015), and The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece (2012), among others.
“The goal to unify Pietro Belluschi’s buildings and Frederick Fritsch’s Masonic Temple with a new link, the Mark Rothko Pavilion,has been an exciting challenge for us. It combines great Portland landmarks, exacting museum design, and historic preservation in one comprehensive project, with the bonus of working once more with Director Brian Ferriso and the talented PAM staff.”Philip Hamp FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Vinci Hamp Architects
Portland-based Hennebery Eddy Architects’ extensive involvement with urban design and the physical context of downtown Portland, along with its commitment to historic preservation and universal design, is manifest throughout the design of the project. Hennebery Eddy’s portfolio includes large-scale civic and institutional projects, award-winning contemporary design work across the Pacific Northwest, and deep knowledge of Pietro Belluschi-designed work, including renovation and expansion of the Portland Federal Reserve building and the design for the Belluschi Architectural Resource Center at the Oregon Historical Society.
In addition to the building design, landscape architecture plays a vital role in how the new Rothko Pavilion functions. Walker Macy is a Portland-based landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm whose experience includes the Japanese Garden expansion, Columbia River Maritime Museum, High Desert Museum, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Seattle Asian Art Museum, and Pioneer Courthouse Square, among many others. Consulting with Walker Macy is Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture, who first designed the Museum’s outdoor sculpture mall.