Wednesday, December 3, 2008
New Museum by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, 2007
235 Bowery New York NY
The New Museum is a contemporary art museum in New York City designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. A series of stacked boxes clad in aluminium mesh the building has an industrial and robust feel that complements the gritty character of the Bowery whilst simultaneously appearing delicate and clean. The shifting of the boxes allows natural light into the column free gallery spaces through skylights.
The museum contains 3 floors of gallery space, an educational centre, a 182-seat theater in the basement, a cafe and bookstore on the ground floor and a patio and event space on the seventh floor.
The bathrooms in the basement are clad in wild orange and baby blue tiles in floral patterns.