Building Architecture

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a 150,000 square-foot picturesque building that serves as the permanent home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  This is the world's first museum dedicated to the living heritage of rock and roll music. The Museum features dynamic interactive exhibits, intimate performance spaces and presents a rotation of artifact and costume displays from the museum's permanent collection. Exhibits showcase specific eras, styles and milestones, as well as highlight the many facets of rock and roll’s evolution. 

Designed by internationally renowned architect I.M. Pei, the building is a striking state-
of-the-art facility that rises above the shores of Lake Erie.  It is a composition of bold
geometric forms and dynamic cantilevered spaces that are anchored by a 162-foot tower.  The tower supports a dual-triangular-shaped glass “tent" that extends (at its base) onto a 65,000 square-foot plaza, providing a dramatic main entry facade.

The building houses more than 55,000 square-feet of exhibition space, as well as administrative offices, the Museum Store presented by FYE Music and a café.

I.M. Pei, arguably the world's most celebrated architect, designed the National Gallery of Art's East Building in Washington, DC,the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Museum of Modern Art in Athens, and the expansion of the Louvre in Paris, among many other buildings worldwide.
"In designing this building," says Pei, "it was my intention to echo the energy of rock and roll.  I have consciously used an architectural vocabulary that is bold and new, and I hope the building will become a dramatic landmark for the city of Cleveland and for fans of rock and roll around the world."

Architect:    I. M. Pei.  Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners (New York)

         Outdoor Plaza: 65,000 square feet
         Exhibition area: 55,000 square feet