Barnes Foundation

Jerusalem limestone creates signature stone building

Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia, PA

Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Client: D.M. Sabia & Co

Completion: 2012
Category: Institutional 

Project Type: Stone Engineering


2013–Building Stone Institute Tucker Award
2012–Apollo Award for Museum Opening of the Year


Nov 2012–Stone World Magazine


Sep 2020–Designing Legacy—Roundtable

To say that there was nothing usual about this project for the PICCO Engineering stone engineering team is a vast understatement. With no single piece of stone identical to the next, the open, unsealed joints required special anchoring design solutions, while integral glazing systems challenged constructability. The Jerusalem Limestone façade required intricate fabrication drawings and the large cavity space required the use of steel struts and heavy gauge connections. This distinctive building owes its acclaim and many awards, in part, to the innovative and inspiring facade that defines it.