With 200,000 visitors each year, the Institute is a popular destination for children and adults, and the need for another major entry to the museum was pressing. Our wing is placed at the flank of the Eliel Saarinen building, with a single cut into the older structure. Located at the southwest quadrant of the museum complex, the new wing reorganizes the Institute’s entry sequence with a new entry plaza, 200-car parking deck and bus drop-off. Our intent was to make the museum’s group entrance clearly legible to drivers, while making the wing a supporting element to the Eliel Saarinen and Holl structures. The group entrance is easily located from Institute Way, yet it is screened from the museum’s primary facades by the Cranbrook Observatory and its passage to the main building. The parking deck is cut into an existing meadow to reduce its visibility from the surrounding area.