Boston, MA


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Gallery Renovation and casework design

IKD, an architectural design firm based in Boston, MA, was involved in a "once in a lifetime" opportunity at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. Prompted by ongoing preservation and maintenance work at Gardner’s historic palazzo, the project included a full gallery renovation, casework design, and exhibition design in the palazzo and the exhibition, graphic, and lighting design of the "Off the Wall" exhibition located in the new wing designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop extension which Yugon Kim, founding partner of IKD was also the project manager for during his 6+ years at the workshop.

The project allowed the opportunity to view Gardner's most important work together in a new context for the first time. In order for these works to be temporarily moved from their current locations to the new wing special permission had to be obtained from the Massachusetts Attorney General for a variance from Gardner’s original will, which stipulated that the works could not be removed from their setting in the palazzo.

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Status: Built
Location: Boston, MA, US
Firm Role: Partner in charge
Additional Credits: photos by Ben Kou