Architecture and Grounds

Location

The de Young Museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive in Golden Gate Park. Click here for a map.

The Architects

  • Primary Designer:
    Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, Switzerland, and San Francisco, California
  • Principal Architects:
    Fong & Chan Architects, San Francisco, California
  • Landcape Architect:
    Walter Hood, Hood Design, Oakland, California
  • Contractor:
    Swinerton and Walberg Builders

Major Design Features

Constructed of warm, natural materials including copper, stone, wood and glass, the new de Young blends with and complements its natural surroundings. Ribbons of windows erase the boundary between the museum interior and the lush natural environment outside, and four public entrances segue naturally from the park’s pathways, welcoming visitors from all directions.

The building’s dramatic copper facade is perforated and textured to replicate the impression made by light filtering through a tree canopy, creating an artistic abstraction on the exterior of the museum that resonates with the de Young's tree-filled park setting. The building's copper skin, chosen for its changeable quality through oxidation, will assume a rich patina over time that will blend gracefully with the surrounding natural environment.

The northeast corner of the building features a 144-foot tower that gently spirals from the ground floor and aligns at the top with the grid formed by the streets of the Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods surrounding the park. A public observation floor offers panoramic views of the entire Bay Area.

Landscape Design

The outdoor environment of the new de Young features a public sculpture garden and terrace beneath a cantilevered roof; a children’s garden; and landscaping that creates an organic link between the building and the surrounding environment on all four sides. The landscape design integrates historic elements from the old de Young—including the sphinx sculptures, the Pool of Enchantment, and the original palm trees—as well as sandstone, redwood, ferns and other plants and materials relevant to the site, creating a museum that is permeable, open, and inviting to the public.

Figures

Building Features

  • Building Size: 293,000 sq ft
  • Permanent Collection Galleries: 73,200 sq ft
  • Temporary Exhibition Galleries: 12,000 sq ft
  • Other Art Display Areas: 11,000 sq ft
  • Education Areas: 20,000 sq ft
  • Conservation Facilities: 13,200 sq ft

Landscape Features

  • Sculpture Garden: 35,000 sq ft
  • Childrens’ Garden: 47,500 sq ft
  • Entry Court: 1,100 sq ft

Visitor Amenities

  • Museum Store: 3,900 sq ft
  • Cafe: 3,700 sq ft
  • Auditorium/Lecture Hall: 3,900 sq ft
  • Tower Observation Floor: 2,500 sq ft

Construction Statistics

The Building:

  • 5,122 tons of structural steel
  • 2,500 tons of rebar
  • 1,500 tons of concrete

The Facade:

  • 950,000 lbs of copper
  • 300,000 lbs of glass
  • 7,200 unique copper panels with 1,500,000 embossings