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Architects Herzog and de Meuron - De Young Museum



San Francisco, Calif,--Herzog & de Meuron architectural firm, recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Prize, has been described as refining the traditions of modernism to elemental simplicity, while transforming materials and surfaces through the exploration of new treatments and techniques. If the synopsis of their skills and works is accurately summarized, Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron offer a shining example in the De Young Museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. De Young Museum, 50 Tea Garden Dr - Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. Tel (415) 863-3330


The 293,000 sq. ft. structure that was unveiled in October 2005 catches the eye and grabs you with its unusual vertical climb and mesh or dappled exterior treatments. Coated with several copper textures, the building will eventually become green to blend with the park's environment. Read more about De Young Museum construction...> MORE.


The two dapper gents who came up with this design have scattered their unique ideas around the globe, creating joy and amazement wherever they go. Contracted to create the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Stadium, their projects have varied in size and scale, but nothing is too large for these innovative giants. Credited with the Bankside Power Station design, their work has been seen around the globe in projects ranging from municipal buildings and spaces to museums, stadiums and offices.


Some have described their earlier body of work as reductivist modern, always with a commitment to the primacy of materials. The unfamiliar is defined through familiar materials that wrap or surround spaces.

For example, Beijing National Stadium, the main track & field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, is also known as the bird's nest. The stadium unveils an inner shape and substance surrounded by a circular network of material that you see into. Seating up to 100,000 people, the stadium's appearance is a synergy, between the facade and the superstructure. The structural elements mutually support each other and converge into a grid-like formation like a bird's nest with its interwoven twigs. While some elements of design have been scaled back due to spiraling expenses, the project offers a monument to not only the spirit of the world games, but also represents the re-birth of a nation that's rapidly changing.

De Young art museum designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron showcases American art from the 17th through the 20th centuries, Central, South America,  Pacific and Africa, as well as important textiles.


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