The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, within easy walking distance of the Winslow ferry dock, opens next Friday, June 14.
I was lucky enough to have a pre-opening tour - the 20,000 square foot building, designed by Bainbridge architect Matthew Coates (Coates Design Architects) which is going for LEED Gold. It'd be the first art museum in our state to accomplish that ultra-green designation.
If you visit - when you visit - be sure and check out the courtyard plaza garden designed by Withey and Price. It was still under construction when I was touring, but I'll post some photos soon...it looked like it'll be as fabulous as you'd expect from that designing duo.
But the outdoor surprise is the George and David Lewis Rooftop Garden, a gift to BIMA by Debbi and Paul Brainerd in honor of the artists. This outdoor perch is planted in sedum and grasses, with a wide river of stones, garnished with new work by Little and Lewis. The organic, rock-like pieces, undulating and curvaceous, are very different than George and David's signature cobalt blue columns or dramatic concrete gunnera leaves. These undulating forms, in shades of cream and umber, create their own quiet force-field, lending the aura of a zen garden to this al fresco corner of the new museum. I'll write more about this very special rooftop in Pacific Northwest - be sure and check it out when you visit BIMA.