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The Queens Museum, New York, United States

Thursday 19 Oct 2006

A museum fit for Queens

The Queens Museum by Grimshaw in New York, United States
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18/01/09 Glen, NYC
The evolution of the Queens Museum expansion project has a very complicated past that encompasses a woeful federally-funded design competition that had to be aborted due to noncompliance; a winning scheme by a "starchitect" who admitted to never having visited the property yet devised a giant un-buildable glazed "amoeba" to engulf the eviscerated building; and a "motivated" museum director hell-bent on aggrandizing his stature. Further, there has been a wall of disdain for the historicity and cultural significance of the 1939 building and its formidable World's Fair and early United Nations associations. Now we have yet another dead-on-arrival scheme that fails to respect the brilliant original design character of the property, which could easily be achieved. If any historic building deserves preservation , this is it.
This entire undertaking depends mightily on public funds yet has locked-out and silenced the community from any genuine level of participation. In addition, all efforts to attain protection for this National Register-eligible property (which should also have been designated & protected as a NYC Landmark years ago), has been delegated to the stewardship of misguided persons.....
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Grimshaw/Ammann & Whitney design for Queens Museum unveiled 

The Queens Museum is set to undergo a long awaited expansion. After a national competition in 2001 naming Eric Owen Moss as architect for the project failed to produce a design Museum officials could endorse, the Museum hired Grimshaw Architects with Ammann & Whitney in 2005 to come up with another design, one that would respect the original building’s pedigree. That design was unveiled on 4 October. The expansion project more than doubles the size of the museum, adding 50,000 square feet of new galleries, flexible performance spaces, educational studios and visitor amenities. Seven new galleries are organized around a centrally located sky lit ‘Winter Garden’ that opens the building up to natural light, strengthens its connection to the adjacent park, and improves upon existing circulation. In addition to revamping the Museum’s interior, the architects have redesigned the building’s exterior with glass curtain walls to give the Institution greater visibility. The project will cost $37 million, 33 of which has already been secured. Ground breaking is scheduled for 2007 with completion slated for the winter of 2009/2010.

Sharon McHugh
WAN US Correspondent

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Status Design
Value 29.3(m€)

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