Last year, the New Museum announced that Rem Koolhaas and Shoehei Shigematsu would be heading the institution’s expansion that will nearly double their footprint in New York. The contemporary art museum has been situated at 235 Bowery in a building designed by the Japanese firm SANAA since 2007.
Shortly thereafter, the museum bought a neighboring six-story masonry building that has since housed their incubator programs. As part of the expansion, the museum plans to connect the two, adjacent structures while overhauling 251 Bowery for an additional 50,000 square feet of galleries, improved public circulation, and flexible space for the institution’s experimental programs.
In collaboration with the design architects at OMA New York, Cooper Robertson has been selected as the executive architects for the expansion. Spearheaded by partner Scott Newman, FAIA, and senior associate Andrew Barwick, RA, this commission is the latest in a long line of notable museum projects by the firm, whos…