The SFMOMA unveiled the schematic design for its new museum Wednesday. The planned structure will be built around the current building and will more than double its gallery space.
The architects say it will let visitors see art pieces from several levels, even from the sidewalk.
"Change the way the museum really relates to the public, and make the collection much more accessible," said project architect Simon Ewings. "So, making lots of horizontal public space free, space for the public where they can just wander in and enjoy the entrance facility."
The new museum will have over 8,000 feet of artwork space that can be seen for free.
Groundbreaking for the $555 million SFMOMA renovation will take place in 2013.