The New Museum has unveiled plans for its second building, designed by OMA / Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas in collaboration with Cooper Robertson. This will be OMA's first public building in New York City.
The design complements and respects the integrity of the Museum's SANAA-designed flagship building and replaces the Museum's 50,000 square foot adjacent property at 231 Bowery, acquired in 2008. The new seven-story, 60,000 square foot building will include three floors of galleries, doubling the Museum's exhibition space, along with additional space for the Museum's many community and education programs, a permanent home for its cultural incubator NEW INC, as well as increased public amenities and improved vertical circulation.
"Since the New Museum opened on the Bowery in December 2007, the Museum has become an international cultural destination welcoming millions of visitors," said Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director. "We are thrilled to work with OMA to address our current and future needs, and selected them for their exceptional response to our brief, their civic passion, and future thinking. The OMA design will provide seamless connectivity and horizontal flow between the two buildings, expanded space for our world renowned exhibitions, and access to some of our most innovative programs that the public currently cannot see."