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February 21, 2020

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34 DIGS.NET | 2.21.2020 P R O F I L E | M U S E U M S T O V I S I T N O W A R C H I T E C T U R E + D E S I G N PHOTOGRAPHS : (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) COURTESY OF BRETT BEYER AND IWAN BAAN (BOTTOM LEFT) Art and architecture—the latest incarnation of MoMA exhibits another cultural hit for New York City architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. W ith a portfolio stacked with headliners like arts center The Shed, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is the de facto architectural firm for the cultural and colossal, a reputation affirmed by its multi-year expansion of MoMA, completed in collaboration with Gensler. Mandating a surgically precise rethink, the project's aims—to increase gallery space, offer visitors a more welcoming experience, and foster interaction between MoMA and urban midtown Manhattan— demanded a solution as substantial as the museum's standing in the art world. Having become too tight over time, DS+R radically reorganized the space, expanding it for circulation, new galleries and areas to accommodate a vast amount of visitors. Among the new and striking is MoMA's transformative double-height entrance, which sets a tone of openness and opacity throughout. Borrowing space from a new residential tower allowed the architects to let out what was a corseted ground floor, opening it in part by the decision to drop the museum store to the basement. In the space that displaced the neighboring Folk Art Museum now is a lounge, a generous flexible performance space, and a gallery. Although one should not expect affect or theatrics—new cafes and lobbies boasting bars in black marble are as audacious as it gets—the modern steel stairway is suspended from the roof with great drama. With structural changes that produced fluidity and wide swaths of breathable, thoughtfully distributed space, the clean-lined museum is all the more dignified for its restraint. Finally, a palette of white walls and pale wood combined with glass walls ensure one will always enjoy the view. The Museum of Modern Art

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