Herzog & de Meuron
Competition
1997
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Process

Situated in the heart of Manhattan, between 5th and 6th avenues, the Museum of Modern Art does not command the visual presence commensurate with an institution of this caliber.

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The new tower is developed on the basis of a townhouse and its crystalline form is derived from the zoning regulations.

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The galleries, designed to house key works from the collection, open towards the city.

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The glass tower looks different from every angle; a skin of imprinted and tinted glass unites the new buildings around the sculpture court.

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The museum’s new landmark echoes the church spires of the surrounding area rather than the monolithic highrises and sets itself apart from Cesar Pelli’s earlier MoMA Tower.

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Inside the building, Herzog & de Meuron have created a rhythmic sequence of rooms accentuated by interim spaces. Floor plans 4th and 5th floor.

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Drawings

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Team

Facts

Client
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Planning
This project was developed in collaboration with an architect licensed in the state of New York acting as the "Architect of Record". Herzog & de Meuron is not licensed to practice architecture in the state of New York.
Links
www.moma.org

Bibliography

Gerhard Mack, Herzog & de Meuron: “Herzog & de Meuron 1997-2001. The Complete Works. Volume 4.” Edited by: Gerhard Mack. Basel / Boston / Berlin, Birkhäuser, 2008. Vol. No. 4.

“Imagining the Future of The Museum of Modern Art.” Edited by: John Elderfield. New York, The Museum of Modern Art / Thames and Hudson, 1998. (= Studies in Modern Art). Vol. No. 7.