The building engages its surroundings, with the scenographically treated east and west facades expanding the spatial influence of the museum outward, and a rooftop cafe and sculpture garden providing panoramic views of the park.
The building’s structural frame is veiled in both transparent and screen-patterned glass that filters light and creates a surface that can be used internally and externally. Black-box spaces are shrouded in metal panels; skylights relieve the darkness of the interior and animate the objects on display.
The structural frame of the building is revealed, becoming a scaffold for multiple uses; only minor modifications are needed to create more neutral, flexible spaces.
The space of the Museum is organized to provide for maximum flexibility, allowing it to be re-configured in different ways for different events. Exhibition spaces are designed to be neither overly generalized nor too idiosyncratic. With the galleries forming a U-shaped band around a great multi-purpose hall, a number of circuits throughout the museum would be possible and a variety of lighting conditions could be created.
Queens, New York