The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Center for Asian Art is a well-loved, innovative building designed by Machado Silvetti. The architects worked with Boston Valley Terra Cotta to create the iconic jade-green facade that has attracted positive attention since the building’s completion.
TITLE: FLORIDA BUILDINGS I LOVE: No. 88: Center for Asian Art, 2016, Sarasota
SOURCE: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
DATE: August 14, 2018
BY: Michael Young
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One of Florida’s most important and architecturally progressive new buildings is tucked away at the rear of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
But once visitors make it to the west side of The Ringling’s 66-acre campus, it is hard to miss.
The simple box clad in emerald green ceramic tiles was designed by Machado Silvetti Architects of Boston and has won several design awards, including one from the New England chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
To create the center, the design team, led by Rodolfo Machado and Craig Mutter and assisted by Sweet Sparkman Architects of Sarasota, renovated an existing gallery that dates to 1966 and added the distinctive, 7,500-square-foot pavilion. The center has 6,800 square feet of gallery space, a 125-seat lecture hall on the third floor of the pavilion, and several study rooms, among other spaces.