Albright-Knox Art Gallery of New York unveils expansion plan

27 June 2018 (Last Updated June 27th, 2018 11:53)

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s AK360 Campus Development and Expansion project in Buffalo, New York, US, has entered a new phase with a new architectural structure on the north side of its campus.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery of New York unveils expansion plan
Plan of the next phase of AK360 expansion project. Credit: OMA.

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s AK360 Campus Development and Expansion project in Buffalo, New York, US, has entered a new phase with a new architectural structure on the north side of its campus.

According to the plan developed by the museum and OMA/Shohei Shigematsu, the new building will add a 29,000ft² space for displaying special exhibitions and the gallery’s art collection.

The new building will also feature several visitor amenities and a wraparound promenade that would visually connect the building interior with the existing landscape and campus.

In addition to the new North Building, OMA will work on preservation and improvements to the existing campus.

“The building is enveloped by a translucent façade that achieves an open and ephemeral quality and engages the external environment.”

Among the changes to be carried out include the creation of a new education wing in the lower level of the 1962 building, the transformation of a surface car park into a landscape and gathering area, and the addition of a new point of entry and exit on the east façade of the museum’s 1962 building.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery Peggy Pierce Elfvin director Janne Sirén said: “We are thrilled with the evolution of AK360 into this new plan, which solves all the programmatic and operational challenges the museum has faced while meeting the priorities our community has so clearly expressed to us.

“Our goal has always been to make the museum a more welcoming, accessible, and inclusive place, physically and philosophically, while adding to Buffalo’s remarkable architectural legacy.”

A bridge passing through Olmsted Park will link the North Building with the 1905 building. Besides, a new roof enclosure will feature at the 1962 building’s open-air sculpture garden. The freestanding North Building, along with the roof of the 1962 building, will add a new dimension to the campus.

Shohei Shigematsu said: “The north building comprises three levels offering diverse gallery experiences. Encircling the second level gallery is a double-height promenade, a flexible space with 360° views to the surrounding buildings and Olmsted landscape.

“The building is enveloped by a translucent façade that achieves an open and ephemeral quality and engages the external environment.

“Layers of visual and spatial connections throughout the north building foster dialogue with the architectural legacy of the Albright-Knox while inviting contemporary audiences to discover the diverse activities within.”