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Moshe Safdie designed the imaginative glass and brick building expansion for
PEM in 2003 to reflect Salem’s architectural history with contemporary
flair. The result weaves together a building of many parts into a seamless,
inspired structure for viewing art and culture from around the world.
The dramatic Atrium with a soaring glass roof is the central gathering
place, akin to the traditional village green. The curved glass of the roof
allows natural light into the Atrium, creating an airy space and walkways
that lead visitors into galleries, the Art Studios and the performance
center in Morse Auditorium. Five diverse roof silhouettes or “buildings”
that comprise the outer brick wall echo the shapes and forms of local
Safdie’s expansive portfolio includes the ArtScience Museum in Singapore,
the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Children’s Memorial at the Yad
Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem, Habitat ‘67 experimental
housing in Montreal, and the United States Courthouse in Springfield, Mass.
To watch Safdie talk about his vision for the PEM expansion, click here.
For a closer look at Safdie and his projects, visit msafdie.com