NTX Magazine Volume 3 - Page 60

Regional Spotlight Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum innovation and masterpieces blend in harmony The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth brings architecture and sustainable innovation to house masterpieces by Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Bernini in a new pavilion designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano. Surrounded by elms and red oaks, Piano’s 101,130-square-foot colonnaded pavilion uses only half the energy per square foot as the Kahn Building. Much of the Piano Pavilion is below ground level; only a third is above ground and requires full cooling and heating power. A system of photovoltaic panels shade direct sun and generate enough power to offset up to 20 percent of the carbon produced by the building’s annual operations. In addition, 450-foot-deep geothermal wells – 36 in all – help to air condition the building by taking advantage of the natural heating and cooling provided by the earth. 58