The institution on Friday, Dec. 18, announced that New York-based Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) will design an expansion that will increase by about one-third the Rock Hall's footprint on the shore of Lake Erie. (Go here for renderings of the expansion of the original building designed by I.M. Pei.)
In a news release, the Rock Hall characterized the expansion and the selection of PAU as "a pivotal moment for the museum, the community and for individuals who champion education and the preservation of rock and roll history."
The Rock Hall said the expansion will add the following to the structure: 10,000 square feet for large-scale traveling exhibits; open space for event and education programming; on-site archives for visitors to access the collection; creation of a "museum campus" with the neighboring Great Lakes Science Center; lakefront gathering space; interactive learning classrooms; and event spaces for indoor performances, community gatherings and private rentals.
The design concept for the project "will continue to evolve," the Rock Hall said in the release, but the plans "represent the space and function needed to support the museum's growth in all aspects of the mission."
Work began on the 50,000-square-foot addition with the city of Cleveland in early 2019 to secure the 1-acre plot between the Rock Hall and the Great Lakes Science Center. The land can accommodate about 65,000 square feet of museum expansion, the Rock Hall said.