New York’s New Museum has just detailed its plans to expand the museum as per the recent coverage of The New York Times. This expansion, according to the Museum, is slated for 2022. There is a new building designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas planned which will rise up on the Bowery in downtown Manhattan alongside the home of this institution.
The proposal for this expansion reveals that the a new building will be added in place of an old one next to 235 Bowery which is also currently the home to NEW INC since the recent years. NEW INC is the technology-focused think tank of The New Museum.
There will also be an additional exhibition space in there as well. This new building will be a 60-000 square-foot one which would add up to 10,000 square-feet of gallery space. This is also related to the current dwelling space of museum’s second, third and fourth floor as seen at the moment.
The new building will also have a new restaurant, as well as expanded lobby and bookstore along with the expanded galleries and a new home for NEW INC, reveals the expansion plan details. The facade’s design for new structure at 231 Bowery calls for laminated glass and metal mesh and it is meant to provide a “higher degree of transparency” as opposed to the museum’s current building. The new design will also add a stairway as well as new elevators as part of the plan.
Lisa Philips, the New Museum’s director had this to say to the press:
“We are thrilled to work with OMA to address our current and future needs, and selected them for their exceptional response to our brief, their civic passion, and future thinking. The OMA design will provide seamless connectivity and horizontal flow between the two buildings, expanded space for our world renowned exhibitions, and access to some of our most innovative programs that the public currently cannot see.”