Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, CA

The Asian Art Museum opened its doors to their new location in March 2003. The previous tenant of this 1917 Beaux Arts style building was the San Francisco Main Library. The building is recognized as one of the most important historic structures in San Francisco.

Project Features:

29,000 sq ft of gallery space

Three multi-purpose classrooms

Education Resource Center

Largest museum in United States devoted exclusively for the arts of Asia

Events Facilities

Innovations and Solutions:

Designed by the renowned architect, Gae Aulenti, the focus of the design was to create a new heart for the building while still keeping the integrity and historic elements of the original building’s framework. Syska Hennessy designed the Vertical Transportation Systems Elevators and Escalators to reflect the historic nature of the building. New passage elevators were created to allow visitors to observe the Galleries and Exhibits while traveling between floors. Special accommodations for disabled patrons were incorporated into the design.


185,000 sf