Cannot wait to see the new East Building expansion of the St. Louis Museum of Art by Sir David Chipperfield, which opens next week. The beautiful neoclassical historic building, which hosts the Museum, was initially designed by Cass Gilbert and built for the legendary 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was expanded with a postmodernist wing by Charles Moore,
which looks more like another building than a merged wing. Chipperfield who is known for the 2011 restoration of the Neues Museum in Berlin chose massive panels of concrete that contrast sharply with the light-colored masonry of the existing structure for the new wing. The concrete coffered ceiling with skylights that offer natural light, look from the pictures like the best background for paintings by Gerhard Richter, which is so well represented at the Museum. All photographs courtesy of the McGraw-Hill Companies.