The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth was designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando as a new building for the city's growing collection of contemporary art. The Museum is located adjacent to the Kimbell Art Museum designed by Louis I. Kahn, and near the Amon Carter Museum, designed by Philip Johnson. The previous location for the MAMF collection was housed in a small nondescript building also nearby. The new arthouse contains over 2,600 works of art, with a wide range of artworks by artists such as Chuck Close, Anselm Kiefer, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

The building was completed and opened to the public in 2002, and the facade is a mixture of aluminum and glass. Zahner was responsible for engineering, fabricating, and installing the aluminum facade. Thick plates of aluminum are a signature style of the architect Tadao Ando, and the surface is used throughout the building.

The facade design used was a Zahner patented Inverted Seam wall panel serving as a pressure equalized rainscreen. The natural aluminum surface was bead-blasted and clear anodized in a custom alloy designed for the architect by Zahner. The aluminum panels were specially cast to achieve a highly consistent anodized finish. The 5mm thick plates are five feet and width by as long as 25' in length.

View of the aluminum panels reflected on the north face of the Modern
View of the aluminum panels reflected on the north face of the Modern
Richard Serra permanent installation at the Fort Worth Modern entrance
Richard Serra permanent installation at the Fort Worth Modern entrance
The Modern
View of the Modern with Deborah Butterfield bronze horse sculpture
View of the Modern with Deborah Butterfield bronze horse sculpture
Inverted Seam® metal system for metal facades
Inverted Seam® metal system for metal facades
Custom metal details where aluminum wall panels meet concrete slab
Custom metal details where aluminum wall panels meet concrete slab
The reflected image of The Modern Art Museum at dusk.
The reflected image of The Modern Art Museum at dusk.
Roxy Paine sculpture in front of the Fort Worth Modern
Roxy Paine sculpture in front of the Fort Worth Modern
Detail of the aluminum surface at the main entrance of The Modern
Detail of the aluminum surface at the main entrance of The Modern
Aluminum soffit canopy and wall panels at The Modern
Aluminum soffit canopy and wall panels at The Modern