World's Most Beautiful Museums
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Kansas City, MO
The original limestone building, with its Ionic columns and
grand, almost temple-like Neoclassical design, dates back to the 1930s. In
2007, the museum got a renovation and a modern extension: a series of five cubes
or “lenses” made of clear and translucent glass designed by Steven Holl. The
lenses are integrated with the surrounding landscape, following the slope of
the lawn, and they’re a dramatic, yet complementary counterpoint.