Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art


RLF Architects led the design of the Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art with the goal of protecting the new museum’s precious artwork while ensuring the design complemented the beauty of the art. With permanent and rotating exhibits, the space had to be multi-functional and easily accessible by staff and visitors. Additionally, reducing sun exposure from the tropical Florida climate was a priority to ensure the artwork remained pristine for future generations. In fact, one of the oldest pieces in the museum is by Louis Aston Knight, Sunset on the Suwanne River, ca. 1910. 


All the design elements harmonize to create a backdrop worthy of the paintings. Every detail, down to the window coverings, meets the dual purpose of enhancing and protecting the artwork. RLF Architects worked with Construction Specialties (CS) to install custom sunshades in sleek textures wrapped with real wood veneer. The vertical blade sunshades effectively control light entering the building while reducing glare and lowering energy costs.

By eliminating blazing sunlight and creating cooler indoor temperatures, the shades allow visitors to enjoy vivid colors, amazing portraits and imaginative interpretations of Florida and its history in a comfortable setting.  

Project: Cici and Hyatt

Location: Daytona Beach, FL

Architect: RLF Architects

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To house and display the largest collection of Florida-based artwork in the world, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, collaborated with the city of Daytona Beach to open the 26,000-square-foot Cici and Hyatt Brown Museum of Art. The art museum’s welcoming grand central gallery and mezzanine has an open beam ceiling, which gives the space a modern flare and perfectly showcases all of the signature pieces.


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