Philly Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA

Philly Museum of Art

Giving voice to Gehry’s Master Plan

When you run up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and step into the restored Beaux-Arts building to post about your Rocky move, you can be sure that your WiFi connection will work thanks to a complete network redesign by Cerami. Cerami designed the IT and Acoustics for the first major renovation of the museum since the 1920’s.  Working alongside the infamous Gehry team on The Core Project, Cerami implemented and validated the network experience.

Maintaining historical finishes while designing for intelligibility was also challenging when it came to creating the acoustic recommendation throughout the museum.

As part of the renovation, The Philadelphia Museum of Art was building a brand new underground auditorium. This led us to design a room within a room isolation strategy to assure that sound from the transportation hub won’t interfere with the user experience.

Signature Solution: Hand and glove coordination with Gehry Partners to create an aesthetically charged and invisible network within the 100,000 square foot museum.  Imagine trying to hide miles of wire inside marble and limestone that was sourced from Minnesota quarries a hundred years ago.

Cerami was and still are entrusted to protect objects d’art during their annual Made In America Festival at the museum. Monitoring noise vibration thresholds, defining limits on sound and insulating particular figurines is unusual work for Cerami’s acousticians, yet we’re proud to be part of this historical project.

Architect:
Gehry Partners