Tyler Museum of Art

Tyler, Texas

The Tyler Museum of Art has a rich history as a cultural center for the City of Tyler, as well as all of east Texas. The only museum within a 100-mile radius of the city, it has become the local focus of the Arts and Culture.

Having outgrown its original 50 year-old facility, the museum sought greater space, and a location that fostered a more powerful relationship between the museum and its surroundings. On a new 18-acre site, the museum now overlooks the sprawling grounds of a restored native grassland and mature woodland, which features a creek running through the site. The museum will act as a gateway between the two, and with the careful choreography of many new oaths and interactive moments in the landscape, will serve to create a strong connection between the visitor and the native environment, between art and nature.

The new museum of 40,000 square feet will include 12,000 square feet of gallery space, 4,000 square feet of educational area, a new 2,500 square foot events and exhibition hall, and administration offices—as well as a cafe, museum shop, and research library. The project is targeted for LEED certification at the Silver level.

Executed by Yo-ichiro Hakomori as Architect and Partner at wHY Architecture