I propose to erase the museum dichotomy between its outward-facing presence and inward-looking identity by representing the institution as a radically reconfigurable framework for display. Much like a hightech theater, the project will support a variety of spatial configurations that are achievable via a reconfigurable atrium space. The museum’s iconicity is derived from its exposed radical interiority and thus the artifacts themselves, subverting role of the architectural monument in the process.
Copley square is in many ways a perfect site for such a proposal – each anchor project has a direct dialog with a predecessor, underscoring the immense importance of context in architecture. To this end, the MoA will further subvert the typical objectification and de-contextualization of the museum process at the level of display. By rethinking the our display typologies, the MoA will insist on nuance to the architectural process, culminating in a fleet of autonomous vehicles that will bring people to architecture instead of architecture to people.