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Norman Foster to design new Norton Museum

British architect’s plan will restore the symmetry of the Wyeth-designed West Palm Beach institution

Foster + Partners' designs for the Norton Museum's forecourt

The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach has unveiled a new design by the British architectural firm Foster + Partners that stands to double the size of its gallery space and add a new education centre, auditorium and restaurant.

The institution’s original 1941 design—a series of Art Deco-inspired single-storey pavilions around a central courtyard by the architect Marion Sims Wyeth—had been obscured in recent years by a new wing and parking lot that forced visitors to enter through a side door. Foster’s plan restores the symmetry of Wyeth’s design and captures views of the Intercoastal Waterway from a glassed-in grand hall.

“The new master plan redefines the museum’s relationship with the city with a dynamic new entrance plaza and…[transforms] the landscape to create a museum in a garden,” the architect Norman Foster says in a statement. A Norton spokeswoman says it is too early to disclose a budget or timeline for the project.

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