August 31, 2004
by Canadian Architect
The home of the world’s preeminent collection of modern and contemporary art has been expanded and architecturally reimagined by Yoshio Taniguchi, and will reopen 20 November 2004 at 11 West 53rd Street in Manhattan. Admission to the Museum will be free of charge on opening day as a special gift to the public for its steadfast support.
The total space of the new MoMA increases from 378,000 to 630,000 square feet. The exhibition space increases from 85,000 to 125,000 square feet. Some of the most prominent features of Taniguchi’s redesign include a lobby that connects 53rd ad 54th Streets, and an atrium that soars 110 feet above street level. Innovative glass curtain walls provide views of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and the vibrant midtown surroundings. The new MoMA features a new gallery devoted to contemporary art and another for new media. All of the galleries have been constructed to suit the various mediums in the Museum’s collection. Building materials such as glass, granite, and aluminum add to the building’s elegance, and natural light plays a greater role than ever before in the visitor’s experience.
Preserving Philip Johnson’s 1953 design for the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, Taniguchi reincorporates space from the former Garden Hall, and expands the Garden to the east, west, and south. Masterworks of modern sculpture, seasonal plantings, and reflecting pools will once again welcome New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. The first-floor restaurant will feature seasonal outdoor seating on a terrace overlooking the Garden. Several galleries and seating areas throughout the building will offer stunning views as well.
Opening exhibitions at MoMA in Manhattan include Nine Museums by Taniguchi, which showcase his elegant and innovative designs for nine museums. Taniguchi has said that his design aims “to transform MoMA into a bold new museum while maintaining its historical, cultural, and social context.” Kohn Pederson Fox is the executive architect for the Museum building project and is also overseeing the renovation of 11 West 53rd Street.