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New Museum of Contemporary Art

The New Museum is New York City's only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art from around the world. Established in 1977, the museum opened the doors of its new home at 235 Bowery, an almost unreal architectural intervention that playfully adopts the haphazard, disjointed character of SoHo and the Lower East Side.

 

Designed by Tokyo-based firm Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA and the New York-based firm Gensler.

 

The architects "developed a skin made of expanded metal mesh set an inch and a half in front of corrugated aluminum panels. Although the aluminum mesh is an industrial standard, the architects expanded its proportions beyond anything commercially available and gave it an anodized finish. The result is a building dressed in a metal-mesh stocking, exuding a slightly hazy sexiness that’s neither too classy nor too trashy for the new Lower East Side."

 

"Its off-kilter arrangement of stacked boxes alludes to a moment of instability—in New York’s cultural scene, economic future, and demographic mix." (archrecord.construction.com)

 

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Taken on October 10, 2008