Daniel Libeskind’s bold $110 million addition to the Denver Art Museum opened to the public on October 7, 2006. Three weeks later, after a fall snowstorm, the building’s sharply angled roof began to leak. Water could be seen dripping from a skylight in the four-story El Pomar Grand Atrium.
Repairing the roof has proved to be no simple matter. In the past three years, construction workers have become a regular presence at the titanium-clad museum, and visitors must navigate a maze of scaffolding before entering. Denver’s alternative weekly newspaper, Westword, has gone so far as to jokingly refer to the elaborate scaffold as the museum’s “newest conceptual sculpture.”