06 October, 2017

Set to break ground next year during the museum’s 50th anniversary, the 82,000 sq ft new home will increase the museum’s spaces for art exhibitions and its renowned Artist-in-Residence programme by 115 percent. Featuring five floors at street level and above, a roof terrace and lower level auditorium space, the design will also significantly expand indoor and outdoor spaces for education, public programmes and amenities.

“It has been an honour to work alongside Thelma Golden, the Board of Trustees, and the entire Studio Museum team to craft a new home for the Studio Museum—one that will build on the museum’s incredible legacy and deepen its relationships with the local community and an expanding global audience. Above all, we have sought to create spaces that celebrate the rich heritage of the institution, its relationship with artists and its role as a pillar of Harlem’s cultural life. Inspired by the architectural character of the neighbourhood and featuring various scales of gallery space that speak to the diverse needs of contemporary artists, the design seeks to ensure that artistic dialogue remain at the heart of the museum,” said Sir David Adjaye.

The new building, designed in collaboration with executive architect Cooper Robertson, will rise on West 125th Street on the site of the current facility, a century-old commercial building that was adapted for the Studio Museum in the early 1980s by late African-American architect J. Max Bond Jr.

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