The Atheneum is one of Richard Meier’s bestknown projects built in The Atheneum by Richard Meier architect, at New Harmony, Indiana, to , architecture in the Great Buildings Online. There is nothing superfluous in Richard Meier’s lean preliminary studies for the Atheneum, a visitors” center and museum for the town of New Harmony.

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All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze scalarchives. The windows frame specific views and this climaxed as the visitor reaches the open roof deck that exposes wide-open vistas as well as a view to the town. I do believe that buildings should speak. Visitors arriving by boat land on a mfier that leads through a field to the building.

Math Geometry Case Study: As mentioned above, the building is informed by such natural conditions as the passing river and outward fichard of the landscape.

Documents Flashcards Grammar checker. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital moma. For Meier, drawings are a means to an end. Van Nostrand Reinhold, River and vehicular visitors’ paths converge to set up a universal experience of the pocelin box of grids placed upon an earthen plinth in protection from yearly floods.

Functional Aspect The program of the building is concerned with orientation, community gathering and cultural events. Although the utopian society dissolved aroundMeier kept this original historic context as his primary concern in this design.

For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. The Atheneum, located near the banks of the Wabash River at the edge of New Harmony, is the starting point for the tour of the historic town, and is intended to serve as a center for visitor orientation and cultural community events.


As a visitor’s center for New Harmony, it includes a minute movie on the history of New Harmony, called “The New Ricchard Experience”, in its seat auditorium.

From here, the pedestrian circulation through the building is a continuous experience, of which the interior ramp is chief mediator and armature.

He produces them not for aesthetic purposes—he finds little value in drawing and coloring beautiful facades—but as part of his process of exploring the building’s fundamental design, in plan, section, and elevation.

Works Cited Argan, Guilio Carlo. IR Design a Village.

New Harmony’s Atheneum

Loraas Disposal update website. By rotating one axis slightly off center, Meier creates a dynamic tension that is reinforced by the shifting directions of the path threading through a variety of spaces connected by ramps and stairs.

Sources on The Atheneum Roger H. The three-story building’s ramp and overlaying grids provide frequent views of the town and countryside.

The Atheneum, Richard Meier

The drawing conveys a sense of anticipation and excitement, suggesting how this spatially complex building invites exploration and discovery, for the exhibits in the galleries, for the atueneum balcony from which to view the historic town, and for its own intricate sake, as a fitting symbol of the town founders’ pioneering spirit. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

A three story diagonal plane marks the entry sequence. The Atheneum is designed so that visitors have to go a specific way through the building, leading out into New Harmony itself.

Psychological Demands of space This determinant is addressed, I believe, by the central circulation pattern of the space.

A third form responds to the passing river.

It is named for the Greek Athenaionwhich was a temple dedicated to Athena in ancient Greece. Rizzoli International Meker, While the elevation tends to pictorialize, the plan and the section speak to the architect about spatial ideas.

Spirit of the times The historical context of the town and the spirit of the times in which this building was actually conceived and built provide an interesting parallel. Meier has said of the Atheneum that “circulation is the main spatial protagonist of this building and the ramp is its most vital element. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.


The Atheneum – Richard Meier – Great Buildings Architecture

This small space affords a panoramic vista like that from the prow of a ship. Architect Peter Eisenman nominated the Atheneum for this award because it was “a wonderfully pure example of the recurring themes among Meier’s substantial oeuvre; it is a classic ‘Meier’ design.

The Museum of Modern Art,p. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Details Porcelain-enameled cladding panels are 2′-” square. Upon reaching the exhibition space on the third level, the visitor can look back on the route he has traveled, through staggered interior slots and windows framing the essential spaces, as well as forward to what is to come.

Yet his economy of line utterly belies the meker complexity and the drama of light and shadow experienced by the building’s visitors. Subscribers – login to skip ads. The Atheneum Commentary The Atheneum in Gichard Harmony, Indiana serves as a visitation starting point to this important rrichard settlement. Visitors descend by way of a second ramp — this one elongated and stepped, an uncoiled version of the interior one — leading out of the building and into New Harmony itself.

This search, for me, begins with the plan. The two-dimensional image contains within it the instructions for the three-dimensional object that is the building.