3. Barnes Foundation

Location: Philadelphia

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

With the Barnes Foundation, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien took on an enormous challenge—replicating the galleries of Dr. Barnes' Marrion, PA home. While the interior of the new building mirrors the former home of the installed paintings, the exterior is fresh, warm facade of limestone and bronze. In a world where our product design attempts to forge a bold new future while referencing the core values of the past, this building embodies the now more than any completed in 2012.

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