“Quietly innovative”: A closer look at the new Menil Drawing Institute by Johnston Marklee

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/84/849f37b62647e07b6959fa092ec60dd8.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Placed at the heart of the historic Menil Collection in Houston, <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150075208/johnston-marklee-live-from-the-la-design-festival" rel="nofollow" >Johnston Marklee</a>'s long-anticipated <a href="https://archinect.com/news/article/150090485/first-look-at-johnston-marklee-s-menil-drawing-institute-due-to-open-next-month" rel="nofollow" >Menil Drawing Institute</a> opened to the public last Saturday. As the fifth art building to be constructed on the iconic 30-acre campus, the approximately 30,000 square-foot Menil Drawing Institute showcases the expansive drawing collection of Dominique and John Menil. Johnston Marklee collaborated with landscape architects <a href="https://archinect.com/firms/cover/12438/michael-van-valkenburgh-associates-inc" rel="nofollow" >Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates</a> on the $40 million project.
The Menil Drawing Institute is the first facility of its kind to be dedicated to the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation, and storage of modern and contemporary drawings. Designed at an intimate scale, the MDI has a low-lying, elongated form that not only complements its park-like surroundings and nearby historic structures, but also signals potential future growth. Open for less than a week, the MDI has received generally positive reactions so far. “[Johnston Marklee has] succeeded brilliantly, ...

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