MoMA Details the Final Phase of Its Expansion and Renovation

MoMA's Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin Lounge enjoys views of the onsite sculpture garden. All images courtesy Iwan Baan.

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has unveiled the final designs for its ongoing expansion. Led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) in collaboration with Gensler, the final $400 million phase will concentrate on the east end of the campus and is anticipated to open in 2019.

The $50 million first stage of the project opens this month in time to host the upcoming Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective on the reconfigured third-floor galleries. A glass wall now affords views of the outdoor sculpture garden, while the historic Bauhaus staircase has been extended. An expanded auxiliary lobby, lounge area and second-floor bookstore will be introduced as well. The new lobby will allow for the closure of the museum’s 53rd Street entrance and relocate the main entry temporarily to the Lauder Building.


The expanded Bauhaus staircase. Image courtesy Iwan Baan.

In the next phase, the museum store will be moved underground to keep the retail and art experiences as separate as possible. The lobby will be reoriented, while new galleries will be installed to host performances and exhibitions. Galleries will also be opened on the second, fourth, and fifth floors of Jean Nouvel’s new 53W53 skyscraper. The renovation will grow the museum’s overall gallery space to 175,000 square feet, all of which will be connected through various circulation hubs.