Corning Museum unveils preliminary design for its expansion
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Corning Museum unveils preliminary design for its expansion

10 Jun 2012

The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, US, has unveiled the preliminary design for its $64m expansion plan that will create a new North Wing to add 100,000ft² of space to its facilities.

Corning Museum of Glass, New York

The Corning Museum of Glass in New York, US, has unveiled the preliminary design for its $64m expansion plan that will create a new North Wing to add 100,000ft² of space to its facilities.

The new design features light-filled galleries for its collection of contemporary works in glass, and the facility will include glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.

Architect Thomas Phifer and Partners has designed the expansion, which will be fully funded by major benefactor Corning Incorporated, and the project is slated to complete in 2014.

Corning Museum of Glass executive director Karol Wight said that over the past decade, the museum experienced tremendous growth in its collections, its audience and the ambition of its public programmes.

"This is a transformative design that responds to those demands and further enables us to bring glass to life for the 400,000 people who visit our campus each year," Wight said.

The new design creates 26,000ft² of gallery space designed to showcase the museum’s collections of large-scale contemporary works of art and design in glass.

The North Wing will feature filtered natural daylight using a light-filtering system, and a new temporary exhibition gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary art and design will be housed in the new wing.

The museum’s curator of modern glass Tina Oldknow said: "The new daylighting system represents a dramatic change in how contemporary works in glass are viewed, and the museum’s monumental sculptures will have an exhibition space appropriate to their size."

The ventilator building of the former Steuben Glass factory, which is adjacent to the Museum’s current building, will be renovated to provide a new venue for the museum’s signature live glassmaking presentations, with a capacity to accommodate 500 people through retractable banked seating.

The façade of the ventilator structure will be stripped down to its lightweight frame and its north and south walls will be restored using glass.

White aluminium with perpendicular blades of ultra-thin specialty glass will be used for the contemporary gallery façade.

Landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand Associates has collaborated with the museum to design new outdoor gathering areas for the public, including a one-acre campus green.


Caption: The expansion will create a North Wing to the museum adding 100,000ft2 of space for visitors. Image: Corning Museum of Glass