SFMOMA Rooftop Garden
An Oasis for Art
A competition-winning design for a new rooftop sculpture garden employs subtly bold moves to mediate between museum and the cityscape.
Contemporary museum architecture often calls attention to itself. From the outset, Jensen decided to instead focus on opening the museum to the city physically and metaphorically. The design conceived the garden, which sits atop an adjacent parking garage, as a gallery without a ceiling. A bridge from the SFMOMA building proper establishes the garden as an extension of the museum’s exhibition space, and a café pavilion invites the community to linger.