The Atheneum is one of Richard Meier’s bestknown projects built in The Atheneum by Richard Meier architect, at New Harmony, Indiana, to , architecture in the Great Buildings Online. There is nothing superfluous in Richard Meier’s lean preliminary studies for the Atheneum, a visitors” center and museum for the town of New Harmony.

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Meier’s spare graphite line on tracing paper seems fitting to the composition of reductive elements in his all-white building. The town flourished economically for ten years until it Rapp, who felt his flock should go back from whence they came, sold rihcard land and assets to British social reformer Robert Owen, who brought his own group of intellectuals to live in social and economic New Harmony.

Are Public and Private Schools. For Meier, drawings are a means to an end. There is nothing superfluous in Richard Meier’s lean preliminary studies for the Atheneum, a visitors” rlchard and museum for the town of New Harmony, a utopian community founded in the early nineteenth century. Lecture by Richard Meier. River and vehicular visitors’ paths converge to set up a universal experience of the pocelin box of grids placed upon an earthen plinth in protection from yearly floods.

Around the same time The Atheneum ahteneum conceived and built, Architectural discourse was taking different positions on form. The plan, which seems to have been neglected of late, is keier fact the key. Views Read Edit View history. The second uses diagonal planes, which react to the edge of the town.

It is named for the Greek Athenaionwhich was a temple dedicated to Athena in ancient Greece. Meier has said of the Atheneum that “circulation is the main spatial protagonist of this building and the ramp is its most vital element. As a visitor’s center for New Harmony, it includes a minute movie on the history of New Harmony, called “The New Harmony Experience”, in its seat auditorium. Visitors arriving by boat land on a path that leads through a field to the building.


The Atheneum, located near the banks of the Wabash River at the edge of New Harmony, is the starting point for the tour of the historic town, and is intended to serve as a center for visitor orientation and cultural community events. By rotating one axis slightly off center, Meier creates a dynamic tension that is reinforced by the shifting directions of the path threading through a variety of spaces connected by ramps and stairs.

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Framed views to the exterior allow controlled glimpses and anticipations of the town and the landscape. The historical inspiration underlying much of Meier’s work is the early architecture of Le Corbusier, such as the Villa Savoye, an icon of the modern movement. This caused for the planning to include a raising the building up on a podium of earth for protection. Another function of the building is to serve a transitional element, a link from the outside in, and even from the past atueneum the present.

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Sources on The Atheneum Roger H. The Atheneum by Richard Meier advertisement. The complexity of these spaces is echoed in the irregular outline of the facade, notably the curved and fluid wall oriented toward the nearby river. Architect Peter Eisenman nominated the Atheneum for this award because it was “a wonderfully pure example of the recurring themes among Meier’s substantial oeuvre; it is a classic ‘Meier’ design.

Gallery II is on the second floor and it is this room whose shape mirrors the river and has a long rectangular window that features a view of the river. Together with the section, it generates the building. Once the visitor has crossed the threshold, the entry box propels him to the foot of the internal circulation ramp.

Richard Meier. The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana, Plan, preliminary study. | MoMA

Works Cited Argan, Guilio Carlo. The building is an object, apart from the historic town in distance and character, whose spatial experiences explore the relationship between architecture and society as the town it reveals once attempted.

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze scalarchives. This page was last edited on 15 Augustat The contemporary town of Harmony, has developed as a scientific centre of national significance wikipedia and has continued to have an elevated relationship with its architecture. Come and meet your New Town Manager.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Before analyzing of the formal attributes of the Atheneum, it is critical to briefly discuss the context, or rather the town of New Harmony where this building is situated.

As mentioned above, the building is informed by such natural conditions as the passing river and outward views of the landscape. As the ramp winds upward from the orthogonal grid and regains the five-degree offset orientation of the path from the river, the entire building is set in motion; the geometry of overlaid grids inducing a sense of spatial compression at certain points, tension at others, with grids almost colliding.

It was built between and Clark and Michael Pause.

New Harmony’s Atheneum

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma. The windows frame specific views and this climaxed as the visitor reaches the open roof deck that exposes wide-open vistas as well as a view to the town.

msier Architecture of the 20th Century in Drawings: From here, the pedestrian circulation through the building is a continuous experience, of which the interior ramp is chief mediator and armature.

As visitors arrive by boat, like the original founders, this monument greets them.

Visitors are guided through galleries include communal history exhibits and models. The fourth is closed to the public and has furniture designed by Richard Meier himself.

Richard Meyer and Partners. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This collision resonates throughout the complex interior as the ramp, illuminated by light from above, resolves the two grids in plan and section.