OMA Reveals Imagery for Albright-Knox Art Gallery Expansion

An existing parking lot will also be transformed into a green space on the campus. Image courtesy OMA.

New details on the proposed expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, have been revealed by OMA and firm partner Shohei Shigematsu. Part of the AK360 project, the $155 million project is depicted in new images as a freestanding volume atop a park-like campus. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2019 and conclude by 2021.

The extension will grow campus facilities by 29,000 square feet to accommodate special exhibitions as well as selections from the celebrated onsite collection. OMA will also spearhead a new education branch on the lower level of the museum’s existing building. AK360 will also entail the overhaul of a parking lot into a landscaped gathering place as well as the development of a new bridge linked to the North Building via Olmstead Park. An enclosed rooftop space will also be created to serve as an open-air garden that will host programming throughout the year.

“The north building comprises three levels offering diverse gallery experiences,” Shigematsu said in a release. “Encircling the second level gallery is a double-height promenade, a flexible space with 360- degree views to the surrounding buildings and Olmsted landscape. the building is enveloped by a translucent façade that achieves an open and ephemeral quality and engages the external environment. layers of visual and spatial connections throughout the north building foster dialogue with the architectural legacy of the Albright-Knox while inviting contemporary audiences to discover the diverse activities within.”