Denver Art Museum

Daniel Libeskind took inspiration for his new Frederic C. Hamilton wing at the Denver Art Museum from jet's-eye views of the Rockies. The wing's oblique planar surfaces do resemble the rock Flatiron slabs of the Front Range, but he gives a building far more complex than simple geologic context implies. The form is a mountain upended, with apical auditorium underground and the prismatic shards of its roots shredding the big western sky. The atrium turns the snowfield inside icecave