The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as a museum and a fine arts school in 1879; eight major expansions have taken place since then, the most recent of which was the 2009 expansion of the Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano. However, the museum is still plagued with navigation issues; it currently has two large buildings connected by one thin hall built over train tracks.
Barozzi and Veiga have not disclosed many specific plans, but they hope to make this skinny passageway between the two main buildings more of a focal point. They’re emphasizing making the AIC easier to navigate, but will most likely not build any additional spaces over the train tracks that bisect its campus.
While details of the project remain unknown, one thing is certain: The iconic lion statues framing the museum’s main entrance on Michigan Avenue will stay put.