Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum Architecture – Every feature of the Contemporary Art Museum building is multivalent and rich with meaning performing several roles for functional, formal and experiential effect. Designed by Brooks + Scarpa Architects and Clearscapes Architecture. Contemporary Art Museums director of development, Rosemary Wyche points out that much of the original fabric of the building, a produce warehouse with loading bays for trucks and a connection to a railroad spur, is largely intact, including the original apparatus for the freight elevator visible from the open stair to the museum’s main level. An original lunette window floods the space with light penetrating deep into the new basement gallery cut into the floor below.
“The building itself is a work of art”, says John Morris, a software engineer, photographer and writer. “It chronicles the solid utility of Raleigh’s red-brick past. It’s an old building with a new purpose, a new interior with a futuristic canopy roof that pulls it off really, really well.” via