On september 10, 2014 SFMOMA celebrated a landmark moment for the museum’s future—a topping out ceremony to show the raising of the steel beam that will bring the structure of SFMOMA’s 235,000-square-foot Snøhetta -designed building expansion to its highest point. A free, public celebration brought together museum and community leaders, friends, and neighbors for live musical performances, food trucks, guest speakers, and festivities at a favorite Yerba Buena spot, Jessie Square.
Guests had the opportunity to view the highest beam hoisted into place on the 10-story addition that’s been steadily rising up behind SFMOMA’s current building since the museum broke ground on the project more than a year ago.
More than just an extension of the building’s physical footprint, SFMOMA’s expansion represents a transformation of the museum as a whole.
By offering even greater art experiences, showcasing more of its expanded permanent collection, and increasing opportunities for learning and access to modern and contemporary art for all people, the new SFMOMA is expanding its role as a place for inspiration in the Bay Area and as an international art destination when it reopens in 2016.
Photo credits: Henrik Kam