OMA to Design New Museum Addition in New York

The New Museum will expand by 50,000 square feet with new galleries and improved circulation. Image courtesy New Museum/SANAA.

The New Museum in New York has tapped Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of OMA to craft its planned extension. First announced last year, the extension to the adjacently located 231 Bowery will double the size of the museum’s existing SANAA-designed home, adding an extra 50,000 square feet. Additional galleries, enhanced circulation, and flexible space for the museum’s diverse range of programming will be emphasized in the expansion. Groundbreaking is expected to take place in 2019.

“I’m particularly excited that our first public building in New York City will be for the New Museum, one of the most forward-thinking institutions for which I’ve always had a great affinity,” Koolhaas said in a statement. “Having collaborated with Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa on a number of projects in Europe, it is a real honor to stand alongside their great work of architecture, one of my favorites in the city.”

Shigematsu added, “I am honored to be awarded this project in the city perhaps most central to OMA’s philosophy, and am thrilled to work with an institution that deeply values the practices of creative forward-thinkers. As a Japanese architect, I am very happy to engage in a unique dialogue with SANAA and build alongside one of their seminal works.”