Visiting SF MoMa

Hola everyone!

This month I have had a little bit more of free time, and since the evenings are longer in summer days, I could make a lot of plans after work.

I went to my first baseball game, it was such an American experience! I am not a huge fan of baseball, but if you have never gone before, it is totally recommended. It is more like a social and fun activity, people go with friends or family and they enjoy the music, the food and the drinks.

I also visited the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, the Sutro Baths and the Musée Mécanique at Fisherman’s Warf, one of the world’s largest collection of coin-operated mechanical musical instruments and arcade machines, in their original working condition.

But definitely, the plan that I liked the most was visiting the SF MoMa. I love modern art, so I knew I was going to like it. I’ve been wanting to go for a few months and I finally had the opportunity to go. I really enjoyed the exhibitions, but I was really curious for seeing how the expansion to the existing building had been made.

The original building was design by Mario Botta, “The museum had to become a landmark, to have iconic strength” he said. It is a design with simple forms, clear geometry and solid massing. He wanted to create a distinguished piece in the middle of downtown San Francisco.

The extension, designed by the architectural firm Snøhetta, is perfectly integrated with Botta’s design. It is an engaging gathering space that connects the surrounding neighborhood and brings the outdoors to the museum spaces. One of the things that I like the most is the façade, Snøhetta wanted to represent the waters and fog of the bay, so the sunlight and the clouds animate its wavy surface.

If you have the chance, don’t hesitate to stop by!

Alejandro Alonso

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