Take a Sneak Peek at the New MoMA Expansion



View of The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge. Photo by Iran Baan

The Museum of Modern Art completed the first phase of its major renovation, and just revealed the final design for its multi-year expansion and renovation project, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler.

Take a look inside….

View of the second floor looking east with new Museum Store, espresso bar and The Daniel and Jane Och Lounge. Photo by Iran Baan

MoMA describes its goal as being three-fold ~ increasing gallery space and allowing the Museum to exhibit significantly more of its diverse collection in deeper and more interdisciplinary ways; to provide visitors with a more welcoming and comfortable experience; and to better connect the Museum to the urban fabric of midtown Manhattan.

View of The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge. Photo by Iran Baan

The now completed east section enhances galleries and public spaces on three floors. It reconfigures 15,000 square feet to create two spacious galleries on the third floor that allows more flexibility for installing the collection and special exhibitions.

The extension of the historic Bauhaus staircase to the ground level restores and enhances access to the second-floor galleries., and an addition of a new first-floor lounge facing The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

View of the restored Bauhaus staircase, with Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Staircase (1932). Photo by Iran Baan

Improvements also include renovations of restrooms, an additional coat check at street level, and the renovation of Cafe 2 on the second floor, now adjacent to a new museum store and espresso bar overlooking the Sculpture Garden.

View of The Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge. Photo by Iran Baan

The overall expansion will yield a net increase in MoMA’s gallery space of one-third, to 175,000 square feet.  The 30 percent increase in exhibition space includes a stack of vertically interlocking galleries of varying heights. The 40,000 square feet of gallery space being added in the western portion of the building will be devoted to realizing long-held aspirations of presenting significantly more of its collection. Throughout the construction process, MoMA has remained open.

View of the Louise Reinhardt Smith Gallery, including Lawrence Weiner’s SLOW CORROSION LEADING TO A LOSS OF INHERENT DIGNITY OF THE OBJECT AT HAND (1985). Photo by Iran Baan

“The Museum of Modern Art’s renovation and expansion project will seek to reassure and surprise,” Glenn D. Lowry, Director of MoMA said. “Our curators and the architectural team have spent more than two years in conversations about the nature of our collection, the history of our installations, the continually changing nature of art, and our opportunities and responsibilities for engaging our audiences. The outcome of these discussions is a design that accommodates a global view and new perspectives on modern and contemporary art, and that embodies the metabolic and self-renewing nature of our institution.”

Elevation of The Museum of Modern Art one Fifty-third Street with cutaway view below street level. ©2017 Diller Scofidio + Renfro

To complete the final stage, MoMA will close its doors from June 15 to October 21, 2019.  The Museum of Modern Art is located at 11 West 53rd Street, enter at 18 West 54th Street, NYC. Check out more from the architectural design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro ~ The Shed.