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Houston’s Rothko Chapel will close on Monday 4 March as it prepares to undergo a $30m revamp – including the replacement of its giant skylight.

New York practice Architecture Research Office is handling the restoration of the Modernist building, designed by Mark Rothko and completed in 1971 in collaboration with architects Philip Johnson, Howard Barnstone, and Eugene Aubry.

 

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Work will concentrate on fixing its skylight and reconfiguring the entranceway and lighting design of the octagonal building to allow ‘for an unimpeded and better illuminated interaction with the art’, says the chapel’s website.

Fans of the Abstract Expressionist artist don’t have to wait too long until the chapel reopens however – work is set to be completed in winter 2019.

 

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