OMA will design a new building on the adjacent property at 231 Bowery that the Museum purchased in 2008. The new structure will complement and respect the integrity of the Museum’s flagship Sanaa building as a singular, critically acclaimed work of architecture.
The expansion, first announced in May 2016, will double the Museum’s footprint on the Bowery, providing an additional 50,000 square feet for additional galleries, improved public circulation and flexible space for the institution’s continued exploration of new platforms and programs. The project is scheduled to break ground in 2019.
Shohei Shigematsu commented, “I am honored to be awarded this project in the city perhaps most central to OMA’s philosophy, and am thrilled to work with an institution that deeply values the practices of creative forward-thinkers. As a Japanese architect, I am very happy to engage in a unique dialogue with SANAA and build alongside one of their seminal works.”
“Building upon four decades of fostering new art and new ideas, the Board embraces this next chapter in the Museum’s history, which will provide artists and curators the space to experiment and grow in new ways,” said James Keith Brown, President, New Museum Board of Trustees.