Museum for African Art in New York gets permanent home after 22 years
Plans have just been unveiled for a new home for the Museum of African Art in New York City. Designed by Robert A.M Stern, the new museum, which is to be located on 5th Avenue at the edge of Harlem twenty blocks north of the Guggenheim, will provide permanent quarters for this successful institution, which has operated out of temporary spaces for the past 22 years.
The museum will be housed in the lower levels of a 19-storey luxury residential tower and will provide 92,000 square feet on three floors above grade and two below. Key features of the design are a dramatic two-storey lobby at entry with a wall made of etimoe wood from Ghana that curves upward to form the ceiling. On the exterior the museum will have trapezoidal windows with bronze-painted mullions that will rise the full height of the building.
The museum, which is to be completed in 2009, is estimated to cost $80million.