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Asian Art Museum Plans 12,000-Square-Foot Expansion

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Another internationally recognized architect will put his mark on the city

The Asian Art Museum is the latest San Francisco arts institution to announce expansion plans. The museum, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, has selected Kulapat Yantrasast, principal at wHY architects, to design a 12,000-square-foot special exhibition pavilion and update existing spaces.

The privately funded (officials say most of the money came from museum board members), $25 million dollar project will give the institution more unified gallery spaces (a museum press release says the pavilion will be one of the city's largest art exhibition spaces) and update education rooms, allowing them to dramatically increase the number of children and teachers served each year.

The pavilion will sit on an existing wing of the museum that faces Hyde Street. "Our team has taken a thoughtful, integrated approach, and we are looking forward to seeing it bring a new dimension to San Francisco’s burgeoning cultural landscape," says Yantrasast. Currently, the project is scheduled to get underway in 2017.