Neue Galerie New York: Museum for German and Austrian Art

New York, NY
Photo © Adam Friedberg
Photo © Todd Eberle
Photo © Todd Eberle
Photo © Todd Eberle
Photo © Todd Eberle
Photo © Todd Eberle
Drawing © Courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Drawing © Courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Drawing © Courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Drawing © Courtesy of Selldorf Architects
Architects
Selldorf Architects
Address
1048 5th Avenue, 10028 New York, NY
Year
2001
Cost
Undisclosed
Stories
1-5 Stories

Selldorf Architects transformed a 1914 Carrere & Hastings building into the Neue Galerie New York. The design mandate called for an intimate setting in which to view a diverse collection of fine and decorative arts. Equally important to both architect and client was the uncompromising restoration of historical elements despite complex but necessary structural and mechanical modifications. The program included all facilities and improvements required for a contemporary museum, such as a large capacity elevator, a precisely calibrated climate-control system, sophisticated lighting, and audio and security systems. Individual floors required significant restoration and were then adapted to accommodate the needs of a museum, including a café, bookstore, coatroom, design shop and reception area on the first floor; gallery space on the second and third floors; administrative offices on the fourth floor; a conservation laboratory on the fifth floor; and a lecture hall, public bathrooms, and a security center in the basement.

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