View of the Community Commons

Ground floor Community Commons design concept

The Rothko Pavilion

The Rothko Pavilion is a new glass-walled building named to honor the legacy of painter and Portland native son Mark Rothko. The three-story Rothko Pavilion represents an investment in Portland and to future generations. The main goal of the Pavilion is to provide enhanced public space and increased accessibility within and through the Museum. It will offer three new barrier-free connections on three levels between the buildings. Vertical way finding and elevator access will also be greatly improved.

The existing Madison Street passageway will go through the new pavilion. It will remain open to the public every day of the year from 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays.  The Pavilion will offer safe and welcome passage for people of all abilities.

“…the Rothko Pavilion may come to feel like its own kind of institution: a place you want to spend time in or pass through even if you haven’t reserved the afternoon for looking at art. After all, what better tribute is there to Mark Rothko than creating a place to stop and linger, and to stare not just at paintings but out at the city and the sky?”

Community Commons

Rendering of lobby from stairs

View of Pavilion and Community Commons from stairs, design concept

The Community Commons provides an accessible, central entrance, and a free public and a welcoming passageway that, along with the new West Plaza, knits the campus together with the surrounding neighborhood. A new second-floor gallery offers visitors an elevated experience between the two main buildings.

Roof Deck

View of the Roof Deck

Roof Deck design concept

The Roof Deck is a third-floor sculpture garden that will provide visitors the chance to enjoy the Museum’s natural surroundings; the rooftop deck will also serve as a space for public programming and events.

Crumpacker Center for New Art

View of Crumpacker Center for New Art

Crumpacker Center for New Art design concept

This expansive gallery—showcasing significant works of art and featuring a dedicated media space—will provide exciting new opportunities for contemporary art exhibitions. It also adds access to previously inaccessible restrooms.

Education and Design Lab

View of the Education and Design Lab

Education and Design Lab design concept

Keeping pace with the Museum’s expanded education and public programs offerings, the Education and Design Lab offers a flexible, innovative space that encourages creative experimentation and learning across all ages.

The Architects

The Museum has hired Chicago-based architects Vinci Hamp for the expansion. The firm, known for its work with museums and historic preservation, counts the Art Institute of Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and award-winning projects like the Illinois State Capitol, Chicago Tribune Tower, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio among its roster of clients.

“Vinci Hamp have shown great skill and sensitivity in all the work they’ve done, whether it’s working with traditional historic preservation or working with more contemporary projects.”

Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune