Contemporary Museum


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Having worked with the Contemporary Museum over several years with the selection of locations and the creation of the ensuing installations, Ziger|Snead entered into a search to find a site suitable for a more permanent space to combine galleries and offices. An important time in the growth of the institution, the site had to embody the Contemporary Museum’s history, and serve as the foundation for the continuing evolution of this important cultural institution.

A site was selected, and working closely with the Contractor to control the budget, a series of low-grade offices were transformed into a simple, clean, modern space. Layers of ceilings and floors were removed to reveal the original structure and finishes which created a large weather worn volume into which full height abstract planes were inserted, representing the Museum’s history and it’s future. Mechanical and electrical systems were carefully controlled and exposed to take full advantage of ceiling heights. A system of furniture was designed to complement the space and for the first time in its history, the Contemporary Museum presented an installation in a permanent space.


Design Team: Steve Ziger 

Owner: Contemporary Museum

Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Construction Cost: $145,000

Completion: 1999