Before launching into design ideas I studied a number of museums to try to understand what it is that ‘makes’ an art gallery. They all varied in style, depending upon the location and type of art intended to be displayed. What I did find interesting was the often subdued nature of the architecture, which only passively supports the artworks. It occurs to me that if a gallery has a specific theme it would be exciting if the architecture could take a more active role in providing an exhibition space that enhances the artistic experience. Below are some images of Steven Holl's museums. I particularly like his use of large expanses of white walls and lighting.