OMA designs angular extension for SANAA's New Museum in Manhattan - architecture and design

OMA designs angular extension for SANAA's New Museum in Manhattan



The New York branch of architecture firm OMA has unveiled its design for the extension to the city's SANAA-designed New Museum.
OMA has designed an angular addition to double the size of the contemporary art museum, which Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA completed in 2007 in Lower Manhattan.
Measuring 60,000 square feet (5.57 square metres), the extension will include 50,000 square feet (4,645 square metres) of gallery space, improve the circulation of the museum, and offer more areas for the New Museum's education and cultural programme.
New facilities will be housed in an angular structure encased in laminated glass with metal mesh. The design is intended to be complementary but distinct from SANAA's building, which comprises irregularly stacked volumes, also wrapped in metal mesh. OMA's New Museum extension is intended to complement the SANAA-design building
"Our new building establishes its own distinct identity yet it is highly connected to the existing museum," said OMA New York partner Shohei Shigematsu.
First announced in May 2016, the addition will replace a building at 231 Bowery, which currently hosts the museum's New Inc start-up lab and storage for artworks.
It will be shorter than SANAA's seven-storey stack, and instead make up extra space by extending deeper towards the rear of the site.
OMA has sliced the front of the building to create space for a street-level plaza, while the angled top half will be punctured with ...
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