Wong writes that the building, designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, is "the perfect art museum" and it "pays tribute to the history of this area, its art, and its painters, whose barns-cum-studios took advantage of the northern light."
Wong compliments the architects for designing a space that — rather than being flashy — is "less spectacle and more sublime," focusing attention on the galleries, while also giving a view of the beautiful landscape that surrounds the building.
The plan is disarmingly lucid, yet it encourages meandering from one naturally lit gallery to the next in a subtle circulation weave based on the position of doorways. The inverse of the pitch hangs graphically over a corridor spine that on two occasions expands the entire width of the building, offering a view of the bucolic surroundings.
The real test of a museum is whether visitors will keep coming back, according to Wong, and she says that she, for one, will return again and again.
Read Wong's blog post at architizer.com.
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