Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Tarpon Springs, FL

The Story

The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, MM Bennett Library and Ellis Foundation Art Education Center overlooks a small reflecting lake to maximize community exposure, welcoming both students and the general public. This two-story facility is composed of a museum, art studios, classrooms, an auditorium, and a campus library. The lower level of the facility acts as the service core of the building.

The library consists of an information desk, technology processing, classroom, reading stacks, conference rooms, production workroom, equipment maintenance, and computer support.

The Main Gallery, with its low horizontal window, skillfully provides day lighting to the interior spaces without the risk of damage to the artworks.

The building’s dominant feature, a massive exposed concrete wall, links its remote location to the campus core while serving as the backbone of the building.