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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Reveals Expansion Plans

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Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
The expansion includes a connector to the Great Lakes Science Center next door -- something that's been under consideration since the 1990s.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has chosen a design firm to help augment the iconic museum with a new addition – which will increase its footprint by a third.

The New York-based firm Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) will design an expansion which includes more space for traveling exhibits, education programs, and a connection to the Great Lakes Science Center next door.

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An aerial view of the proposed expansion of the Rock Hall.

Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris says the firm has a lot of reverence for the existing I.M. Pei design, but “they also believe it’s OK to be irreverent and that whatever we build – the plan isn’t to overshadow the [current building]; we love it, we think it’s iconic and powerful – but this thing is going to play off it and amplify the space as well.

“This firm, in particular, studied the work Pei had done when he went after historic buildings [such as] when he did his expansion at the Louvre -- how did he approach it? At this point, as we work through the process, they’re going to provide something that amplifies what we have but is going to give us all this new stuff and be a bold statement on its own.”

Design work will continue next year with construction slated to begin in 2022.

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