1. June 2017
A model on display at MoMA that shows the renovated ground-floor spaces and temporary entrance. (All photographs by John Hill/World-Architects, unless noted otherwise)
This morning World-Architects got a peek at the first completed phase of the Museum of Modern Art's multi-year expansion and renovation project designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler.
As described by MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry this morning, the project's goals are threefold: to increase and enhance the gallery spaces; to make the museum a more welcoming experience; and to better connect the museum to it's Midtown context. The project is basically split into two halves, east and west. The east section consists of the renovation of portions of its existing buildings from 1939 through to the 1980s, while the west section includes the renovation of Yoshio Taniguchi's 2004 building and the creation of new spaces on a lot formerly home to to the Folk Art Museum and inside Jean Nouvel's 53W53 tower. The latter will involve, among other things, closing the existing lobby and using a temporary one in the east section.
Following remarks from Lowry and architect Elizabeth Diller (who described the renovations as "DS+R's DNA riffing off of MoMA's DNA"), World-Architects ventured about the museum to see the completed work in the east section. These spaces are described below through photographs and captions. We'll have more on the new gallery spaces around June 12th, when the museum opens Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive; the exhibition is located in a renovated gallery on the third floor and "unpacks" a tiny fraction of the thousands of drawings and other artifacts from the Frank Lloyd Wright archive that MoMA and Columbia University jointly acquired in 2012.