Unveiling the Master Plan
Images courtesy of Weiss/Manfredi
In January 2018, Artis—Naples Board of Directors and CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen unveiled the results of a year-long master-planning process spearheaded by the board of directors and completed by Weiss/Manfredi Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism. The transformative plan reimagines parts of the 8.5-acre Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson Cultural Campus, providing new and expanded performance, exhibition and events spaces as well as dramatic new outdoor spaces.
“We are excited to share this inspiring vision for our cultural campus with the community,” Kathleen says. “This plan provides a flexible framework for the physical changes Artis—Naples will undergo in the coming years but also acts as a guiding force for our continued exploration of what a 21st-century multidisciplinary arts organization offers to the community. The cultural campus will continue to be both a home to world-class performances and visual arts but also a hub around which the creative forces in our community can interact.”
Elements of the master plan, which will be completed as fundraising goals are met, include ascending outdoor terraces with green space, which establish a creative heart of the campus, as well as new interior spaces for social interaction, performance and learning. The design enhances Artis—Naples’ multidisciplinary mission in that it creates a connected campus conducive to performance, the visual arts and education.
The initial campus expansion to the south of The Baker Museum provides indoor and outdoor spaces for education and social engagement, such as a flexible-use space, an outdoor garden space and an elevated sculpture terrace. The plan also creates an exciting open-air event space.
The first project realized from the master plan was determined by Mother Nature. The Baker Museum has been closed since September 6 due to Hurricane Irma and the storms of 2017, which resulted in water intrusion into the second and third floors of the museum. Subsequent evaluation by engineers and architectural experts revealed the need for repair of the building’s facade.
With a goal to repair and redesign the facade of the building, work on the museum will also provide improved entry and much-needed museum-support areas.
The master-planning process began with the engagement of Weiss/Manfredi in January 2017. Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi connected with a variety of stakeholders throughout 2017, including a public-input session in March. The board of directors unanimously adopted the master plan, which will allow the organization’s physical campus to grow and change in a flexible, organic way as Artis—Naples’ needs evolve.
What is a master plan?
A master plan is a far-reaching and comprehensive plan of action for the physical design of a given organization or site. In our case, the master plan will guide us as we redevelop our cultural campus going forward. The plan is a guide. It is not meant to obligate us to construction of specific elements. It helps us answer questions like: What is the experience of a visitor that arrives to the campus? What will my surroundings be when I spend time on campus? What will improve my overall experience at Artis—Naples?
We enjoy vibrant support from our community, and our Future—Forward campaign is going well. Now is the time to ask what patrons will expect from our cultural campus 5, 10 or 25 years into the future.
Who are Weiss/Manfredi?
They are internationally renowned architects, landscape designers and urban development visionaries led by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. Noted for clarity of vision, bold and iconic forms, and material innovation, Weiss/Manfredi is at the forefront of architectural design practices that are redefining the relationships between landscape, architecture, infrastructure, and art. The firm won international acclaim for its design of the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, which has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Museum of Modern Art, the Biennial of Landscape Architecture Barcelona, and the National Building Museum.
Other notable projects include: a competition-winning design for Sylvan Theater on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Nelson-Atkins Museum Cultural Arts District Master Plan, the Kent State Center for Architecture and Environmental Design, and the recently completed Marshall Family Performing Arts Center in Addison, Texas.
Are you going to tear down Hayes Hall?
No. We see the master plan process as one that is additive to our campus. Changes will be made to the appearance of our cultural campus and how patrons interact with it, but the experience of the actual performances and exhibitions isn’t likely to change much at all.
What kinds of changes can I expect to see long-term?
The biggest changes will be both in the appearance of the campus with more green spaces and public gathering areas and more amenities such as dining options and improved parking.