The Raclin Murphy Museum of Art has been designed as a 132,000 square foot complex to be constructed in two phases. The scale resulted from meticulously studying the Snite Museum's collections and exhibitions requirements to showcase the holdings of what is considered to be one of the finest university art museums in the country. The plans were also compared to museums at leading peer institutions, such as Harvard, Yale, and Stanford, among others. Phase One, detailed here, is approximately 70,000 square feet.
Recalling the overall importance of geometry and harmony to the RAMSA aesthetic, Phase One has been conceived as a carefully proportioned rectangular form centered around a large circular atrium. This noble central space extends upward to a large skylight that will provide for an open, luminous interior. Galleries and educational spaces will radiate outward from the atrium.