Gregg Museum of Art and Design
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
Size Renovation: 8,412 square feet
New Construction: 16,715 square feet
Total: 25,127 square feet
Pursuing USGBC LEED Certification
Inspired by patchwork style quilting patterns that are represented within the museum’s collection, the design was conceived as a collection of galleries stitched together through spatial connections. The Gregg Museum of Art and Design showcases North Carolina State University’s rich collection of objects while providing an inspired design that merges the Museum’s past and future. After concluding preliminary site evaluation and feasibility studies of potential sites, Perkins+Will was commissioned to perform full architectural design services to renovate and expand the historic Chancellor’s Residence and add a contemporary standalone addition. This new addition will provide exhibit galleries and exhibit support spaces. Together, the new addition to the Gregg and the renovated Chancellor’s Residence provide a major new gateway to the NC State campus, and a cultural bridge between the University and the greater arts community.
Site development challenges include providing connectivity to campus and other nearby arts-related institutions; designing a stormwater management system; and providing service, emergency, and vehicular access and parking without destroying the bucolic character of the historic house and gardens. The building plan strategy allocates complementary roles to the existing house and new addition. Administrative and meeting functions are assigned to the existing house. Inspired by patchwork-style quilting patterns that are represented in the museum’s collection, the design was conceived as a collection of galleries stitched together through spatial connections. Inside and out, the site, house, and addition are a collage of galleries of various sizes, heights, and degrees of enclosure. Long considered a hidden and underappreciated jewel at NC State, the re-envisioned Gregg will now be open and accessible to everyone on campus and beyond, and serve the community as a hub of art, discovery, and learning.