2016, May

Snohetta at SFMOMA (SURFACE)

At first glance, the new SFMOMA tower seems to be entirely distinct, its faceted white surface—a skin of lightweight panels—contrasting with Botta’s monumental marble forms. But to Dykers the two are fundamentally related. “When we’re working with existing architecture,” he says, “we think of it in terms of being a dance partner: You don’t want to duplicate their steps because you’ll step on each other’s toes, but you’re still dancing with a partner.” The new responds to the old without pandering. As Dykers puts it, “Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.”

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