In 2008 it was announced that the Aspen Art Museum's new space would be designed by international architect Shigeru Ban, famous for works like the Nomadic Museum, Centre Pompidou-Metz, and the Takatori Catholic Church. Check out these designs for the institution's upcoming makeover.

The building will feature a façade of Ban's signature latticed wood, along with amenities like a  roof-deck sculpture garden, a grand staircase, a café, and a transparent elevator — perhaps a nod to Ban's recurring theme of "invisible structure?" 

Founded in 1979, the Aspen Art Museum currently operates out of a 9,000-square-foot converted hydroelectric plant that officials believe the institution has outgrown. The new 30,000 square foot structure is expected to be completed by 2013. Until then, the museum's current location will remain open to the public. [ARTINFO]