Thursday, January 19, 2006

Another Day, Another Museum

Today's NY Times reviews the latest addition to the Manhattan art scene, the new home of the New Museum of Contemporary Art designed by the Tokyo architecture firm Sanaa.

An image of the aluminum-clad building in its new LES location.

The critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff, does a great job of explaining how the design itself speaks volumes about the attitude of the New Museum towards the direction of contemporary art. For example, the entire street level facade will be transparent, inviting passers by to engage in the cultural dialogue that the art presents. Even the loading dock will be visible from the street, demystifying the process of transporting and installing new art.

But what most impressed me was how the shape of the mismatched volumes of each level allows for natural skylights on every floor - introducing an ever shifting blend of natural and artificial light to every gallery space.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2007.

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