Museum of the Moving Image

Queens, New York
Museum of the Moving Image
Video © Leeser Architecture
Garden View
Visualization © VUW
Rear Facade
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Main Entrance
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Front Facade existing Building with New Entrance
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Front Door
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Section
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Café
Photo © ESTO
Front Desk and Lobby
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Grand Staircase
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Lobby and Café
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Main Theater
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Main Theater Curtain
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Main Theater Facade Detail
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Video Screening Amphitheater
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View down Main Stair towards Lobby and Café
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Video Screening Amphitheater
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Video Screening Amphitheater and Stair to Main Exhibition Space
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Top Floor Exhibition Space
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Screening Room
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Rear Facade
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Rear Garden
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Rear Garden
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Architects
Leeser Architecture
Address
36-01 35th Avenue, 11106 Queens, New York
Year
2011
Client
City of New York
Contractor
SCIAME Construction

Completed in 2011, the Museum of the Moving Image houses a comprehensive collection dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. Leeser Architecture’s expansion and renovation of this unique museum allows for the interplay of rich moving image history with innovative technology and cutting edge design.

The visitor enters the building through a portal of semi-transparent, mirrored glass, displaying the museum logo.  The lobby is given shape by a surface strategically cut and folded to allow for the projection of moving images. The lobby’s faceted interior indicates access to the major program elements, which begin adjacent to the lobby and move throughout the building, including a 267-seat theater, education center, screening room, changing exhibition gallery, collection storage facility, special events space, and courtyard. The exterior features a second ‘cut and folded’ surface, wrapping the addition in an innovatively designed pattern of triangular metal panels.

The expanded Museum of the Moving Image integrates the existing structure seamlessly with the substantial new addition through a grand hallway which connects the two.  It will be an environment where complexity is created from the convergence of imposing, enduring architecture and the fleeting transparency of the filmic image.

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