Ennead: Brooklyn Museum Entry Pavilion and Plaza

Ennead: Brooklyn Museum Entry Pavilion and Plaza

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This is one in a series of books each of which tells the story of a single building.  It is our hope that as these little books accumulate alongside our body of work, they, in their aggregate, will form a profile of our design intentions. - Ennead Architects

The Brooklyn Museum is the built fragment of a huge and ongoing architectural dream.  It represents less than one quarter of Charles Follen McKim's 1893 vision for a great classical complex to shelter a whole cultural universe at the edge of Prospect Park.  The original vision of the Brooklyn Museum was vast yet tightly self contained.  Its north facade, the only portion of the master plan actually completed, presented a dignified and rigorously linear face to the wide sweep of Eastern Parkway and to the city beyond.  Ennead's main entry pavilion and plaza is both a counterpoint to his dream of enclosed classical order and an important episode in its long evolution.