UW-Madison Chazen Museum of Art

Madison, WI
New Construction, Renovation
A World-Class Museum for Students and the Community

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Expansion to double museum space
  • SIZE: 86,800 sf
  • COMPLETION: October 2011
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $36 million
  • IN ASSOCIATION: Machado and Silvetti Associates
  • OWNER: State of Wisconsin, Division of Facilities Development University of Wisconsin, Madison
Get in touch

Project Overview

Continuum, in association with Machado and Silvetti Associates, designed a three-story, 86,800-square-foot addition to the Chazen Museum of Art at UW Madison that doubles the exhibition space by 30,000 square feet, allowing collections in storage to be displayed. The new wing includes a 5,000-square-foot gallery for temporary exhibitions, a secure loading and receiving area, 5,000 square feet of art storage and exhibition preparation space, as well as teaching spaces such as the object study room, print study room, and the auditorium. In addition, a dead-end street was converted into a pedestrian mall to create an Arts Plaza that links to the East Campus Mall.

Taking cues from the existing building, the addition is, in many ways, its fraternal twin. The team was successful in achieving the client’s goals of providing not only the students and faculty with enhanced art space, but creating space that beckons to the entire city.


  • Honor Award, AIA Wisconsin, 2012
  • Impact Achievement Award, WCREW, 2012
  • American Architecture Award, European Centre for Architecture Art Design & Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum, 2012
  • Best Development-Medium Project, In Business Magazine, 2012
  • Best Compatible New Construction, MadisonTrust for Historic Preservation, 2012
  • Top Project, The DailyReporter/ Wisconsin Builder, 2011
Get in touch

Similar Projects