Green Light for the Aspen Art Museum?
The City of Aspen has recently ruled that the approvals for the new Aspen Art Museum cannot legally be referred to voters. According to Toni Kronberg, who filed the petition, opponents to the museum plan on mounting a legal challenge to the art museum.
The museum is looking to move from its current location near the Roaring Fork River to the downtown Wienerstube restaurant site. According to World Architecture News, the proposed 30,000 square feet building is “set to house a reception area, galleries, café, bookshop, sculpture garden, and roof deck along with an administration wing containing art museum facilities, a library, offices and board room, and educational workshop, and an artist in-residence studio.” Tokyo-based architect, Shigeru Ban, is the mastermind by the project. He writes that “The initial inspiration of the Aspen Art Museum is Aspen itself. Aspen has a beautiful natural setting, history of the old west, sophisticated international community, and is a summertime cultural center inspired by modern progressive thought. The challenge was to design a museum respectful of its context, flexible in its use, employs state-of-the art technology, and is iconic.”
What do you think? Aspen City Councilman Torre believes that an art museum is a better fit for the Wienerstube site than a mix-use condo building, but thinks the decision should lay at the hands of the voters?