Here’s the First Rendering of the 7-Story New Museum Annex on the Bowery

Posted on: June 27th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

For the New Museum, some headlines unrelated to the staff union. Indeed, the art hub on the Bowery yesterday announced the design of a new sidecar building on the property it acquired a decade ago.

Designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas, the development at 231 Bowery is eleven years in the making. The New Museum, which moved to the Bowery in 2007, acquired the adjacent building just a year later to provide additional office and exhibition space.

The art gallery first announced plans to redevelop 231 Bowery back in October 2017. Two years later, Department of Buildings issued permits this April to construct the new seven-story replacement. (The two Museum lots were previously merged.) The project is to add roughly 40,000 square-feet to the institution at a cost of $37.9 million, and will boast an expanded lobby/bookstore, 80-seat restaurant, and space for public programming.

Goodbye brick, hello glass.

More details from the media mailer:

The OMA design improves vertical circulation with the addition of an atrium stair, which will offer views of the surrounding neighborhood. The stair and new entry align to the terminus of Prince Street, opening up the Museum to the city. The new building will also provide three additional elevators (two of which are dedicated to galleries) and more public spaces and services, including an expanded lobby and bookstore, an upper level forum for education and public programs connecting to the existing Sky Room, and a new 80-seat restaurant. The OMA building also provides space for a more efficient organization of vital back of house, storage, and office space.

Adding a total of 10,096 sq. feet of exhibition space, the new galleries in the OMA building will connect with the SANAA building’s galleries on three levels (second, third, and fourth floors), with the ceiling heights aligning on each floor, doubling space for exhibitions and seamless horizontal connectivity between the buildings. The expanded spaces can be used singularly across the floor-plate to host larger exhibitions, or separately for diversity and curatorial freedom. The organization of new galleries and program spaces will support a stronger integration between exhibition programs and education, research, and residencies, that will help expand the Museum’s audiences.

All this boasting about its fundraising goals, it’s no wonder their workforce voted to unionize.

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