Queens Museum of Art Building Expansion

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The Queens Museum of Art Building

Flushing Meadows Building, Corona Park, NY, USA – design by Grimshaw, architects

10 Mar 2014

The Queens Museum of Art Building Expansion

GRIMSHAW UNVEILS FIRST LOOK AT QUEENS MUSEUM

Address: New York City Building, Queens, New York 11368, United States

Phone: +1 718-592-9700

The Queens Museum of Art Building Expansion

GRIMSHAW UNVEILS FIRST PHASE OF QUEENS MUSEUM

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photo : David Sundberg & Esto

March 2014 – The first phase of the newly expanded Queens Museum designed by Grimshaw is now complete, signaling a new era for the historic New York City building and the surrounding community. Located in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, the Museum has now doubled in size to 105,000 square feet.

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photograph : Halley Tsai

Grimshaw won the project in 2005 through the Design and Construction Excellence program administered by the New York City Department of Design and Construction. The opening marks the completion of the first part of a two-phase expansion. Working towards a completion date of 2015 for phase two, the Museum will also house a new branch of the Queens Library.

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photo : David Sundberg & Esto

Now visible from the adjacent Grand Central Parkway, a multimedia façade and entry plaza invites visitors to the site while serving as a gateway to the park. This new west façade is distinguished by a sculptural, metal, entry canopy and a series of glass panels spanning the length of the building. Backlit by programmable LED lighting, the west façade not only serves as a beacon for the Museum, but also as a dynamic new canvas for commissioned works of art.

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photo : David Sundberg & Esto

Grimshaw Partner Mark Husser said, “We approached the architectural design as a series of interventions devised to take advantage of the historical assets of the pre-existing structure. By keeping with the Museum’s original philosophy of openness, we were able to provide spacious galleries for temporary exhibitions while improving the overall circulation of the building.”

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photo : David Sundberg & Esto

Several skylights allow natural light to filter inside the museum through a hanging glass lantern, diffusing natural daylight to the central large works gallery and surrounding temporary exhibition spaces. A fluid glass staircase responds to the existing geometry of the panorama, the 1964 model of New York City, and invites visitors to the second floor where gathering spaces overlook both the park and galleries.

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photo : David Sundberg & Esto

Known for its educational outreach and community engagement, the new Queens Museum expansion comprises several new classrooms and support spaces, further positioning the Museum as a cultural venue where the world of art and community can engage in open, meaningful dialogue.

The Queens Museum of Art Building
photo : David Sundberg & Esto

Grimshaw was supported on The Queens Museum of Art Building Expansion by the following design team:
• Executive Architect – Ammann & Whitney
• Structural Engineering – Ammann & Whitney
• Specialty Structures – M. Ludvik Engineering
• Services Engineer – Buro Happold
• Museum Consultant – Lord Cultural Resources
• Landscape Architect – Mathews Nielsen

The Queens Museum of Art Building Expansion images / information from Grimshaw

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