New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Taniguchi and Associates, New York, 2004


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53rd Street shop, entrance and Pelli tower 

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  • 53rd Street shop, entrance and Pelli tower    
  • On 54th Street toward gallery block. Note reglazing to base of Pelli tower, which indoors changes to matt stone slabs    
  • Atrium looking east to the sculpture garden. The lobby runs left to right (beneath atrium floor)    
  • Many galleries are very neutral, more so than in Taniguchi    
  • Architecture and design gallery    
  • Fourth floor painting and sculpture gallery, opening onto sculpture garden    
  • Sixth floor temporary gallery    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Fourth floor plan    
  • Fifth floor plan    
  • Sixth floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Model of 54th Street with education centre to left, then sculpture garden backed by Johnson and Goodwin & Stone buildings, Pelli tower and new gallery block with office tower above    
  • Sculpture garden looking west toward galleries. It has been replanted. Restored terrace and restaurant to left    
  • Sixth floor top of the atrium    

Renovation and expansion of New York's Modern Museum of Art to double the exhibition space and provide additional classrooms and workshops

MoMA's midtown location underwent extensive renovations in the early 2000s, reopening to the public in a building redesigned by the Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, in 2004.

The renovation project nearly doubled the space for MoMA's exhibitions and programs and features 59,000m2 of new and redesigned space.

The Peggy and David Rockefeller Building on the western portion of the site houses the main exhibition galleries, and The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building on the eastern portion provides over five times more space for classrooms, auditoriums, teacher training workshops, and the museum's expanded Library and Archives. These two buildings frame the enlarged Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden.

Visitors enter through exteriors of glass, granite, and aluminum as the expanded lobby spans a city block. Above it, the second floor rises in a soaring atrium, whilst glass walls enclose galleries on the fourth floor. From one of the bridges crossing the atrium, visitors can look down on Monet's Water Lilies on the far wall and the lobby below it, with the top floor housing the temporary exhibitions.


  • Begun: 2001
  • Completed: Nov 2004
  • Floor area: 117,800m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £239M
  • Address: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019, United States

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