Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Ecological Design
  • Garden
  • Institution
  • Park
  • Best of Design Award: Unbuilt – Cultural, The Architect's Newspaper, 2019

SCAPE, in collaboration with Studio Gang, is transforming the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (A/MFA) to redefine how arts can bolster local communities and the regional identity of Little Rock. This local institution is a hybrid of a renowned art museum and an active center for the visual and performing arts, located in an opportune site bridging a renewed connection between downtown Little Rock and MacArthur Park.

Planted groves along the west side of the building will create a forested edge that blends into the park. A framework of new trees will, over time, merge with the existing canopy. SCAPE has designed nearly 14 acres of new public landscapes surrounding the Museum, including 5,400 linear feet of new walking paths and trails, as well as pre-cast concrete seatwalls and petal-shaped gardens iterating the form of the Museum’s roof. A series of lush rain gardens will absorb stormwater runoff from the roof’s folded edge. Over 50 species of perennials, shrubs, native trees and ornamental grasses will be planted across the grounds, inspired by the native ecosystems of rural Arkansas.

A/MFA will be a catalytic project to physically realize the institution as a cultural beacon for Arkansas – not only as an art museum, but as a dynamic center for arts, outreach, and education.

Visit the Museum’s new website: www.arkmfa.org.

Client

  • Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts

Collaborators

Studio Gang
Polk Stanley Wilcox
Nabholz Construction
Pepper Construction
Doyne Construction
Rotolo Consultants, Inc.