Entering the museum, unimpressed, my mind changed quickly as we approached the central atrium with north facing sawtooth skylights, filling the space with energetic daylight.
My heart was beaming with joy when I saw the interior wall treatment at the atrium. The horizontal acrylic blue and white stripes made you feel like you are floating in the ocean near Santorini.
But then, my feelings for this place only plummeted here-after... The galleries are reminiscences of the Kimball Art Museum by Louis Kahn, yet they look more like faithful copies instead... On the way out, we realized that the interior wall treatment was not part of the original architectural design. It is an installation art done last year, so kudos to the artist, not the architect... Also, the four corners of the building have circular rooms within, yet they are absolutely in disguised from the outside. The roof details are also hidden from view.
The element of surprise is often appreciated in buildings, but I hate buildings that lie. I felt cheated as I walked away from the museum.