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 athenem said of the Atheneum that “circulation is the main spatial protagonist of this building and the ramp is its most vital element. 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.

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.

The town was founded as Harmony in as a Christian utopia by German immigrant George Rapp, who felt the second coming of Christ, was imminent.

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New Harmony’s Atheneum

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. The Atheneum is designed so that visitors have to go a specific way through the building, leading out into New Harmony itself.

A third form responds to the passing river. The second uses diagonal planes, which react to the edge of the town. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library. 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.

It was built between and The two-dimensional image contains within it the instructions for the three-dimensional object that is the building. Architecture of the 20th Century in Drawings: I do believe that buildings should speak. The Museum of Modern Art,p. Framed views to the exterior allow controlled glimpses and anticipations of the town and the landscape.


A three-story plane set at a forty-degree angle to the podium acknowledges the point of arrival. Upon reaching the exhibition space on the third level, the visitor can look back on the route he has traveled, through staggered interior slots and windows framing the essential spaces, as well as forward to what is to come.

The plan, which seems to have been ahheneum of late, is in fact the key. At the uppermost roof terrace, the visitor finds himself confronted with the town. Meier’s spare graphite line on tracing paper seems fitting to the composition of reductive elements in his all-white building.

It is named for the Greek Athenaionwhich was a temple dedicated to Athena in ancient Greece. The town flourished economically for ten years until it Rapp, who felt his flock should go back from whence they came, sold the land and assets to British social reformer Robert Owen, who brought his own group of intellectuals to live in social and economic New Harmony.

The Atheneum Commentary The Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana serves as a visitation starting point to this important utopian settlement. 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. Psychological Demands of space This determinant is addressed, I believe, by the central circulation pattern of the space.

The elevation brings the promenade to life by charting its trajectory through the horizontal levels of the building: For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders.

Gallery II is on the second floor and it is richxrd room whose shape mirrors the river and has a long rectangular window that features a view of the river. Richard Meier – creativemindsnitc. The fourth is closed to the public and has furniture designed by Richard Meier himself. Views Read Edit View history.


The Atheneum, Richard Meier

Open spaces and glass walls are elements used ztheneum emphasize that this is a public building. Another function of the building is to serve a transitional element, a link from the outside in, and even from the past to the present. IR Design a Village. Lecture by Richard Meier.

If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital moma. Once the visitor has crossed the threshold, the entry box propels him to the foot of the internal circulation ramp. Meier’s homage lies in part in his formal vocabulary, with its pilotis, ramps, and pure white forms, but also in his emphasis on the architectural promenade, that is, the journey through the building.

Van Nostrand Reinhold, For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. Loraas Disposal update website. This small space affords a panoramic vista like that from the prow of a ship. Coordinates not on Wikidata.

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

The Atheneum by Richard Meier advertisement. The three-story building’s ramp and overlaying grids provide frequent views of the town and countryside. Around the same time The Atheneum was conceived and built, Architectural discourse was taking different positions on form.

He produces them not for aesthetic purposes—he finds little value in drawing and coloring beautiful facades—but as part of his process of exploring the building’s fundamental design, in plan, section, and elevation. Functional Aspect The program of the building is concerned with orientation, community gathering and cultural events.

Spirit of the times The historical context of the town and the spirit of the times in which this building was actually conceived and built provide an interesting parallel.