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Koolhaas misses out as NY museum drops development

Rem Koolhaas has lost a major arts project for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The Museum has told Koolhaas it is shelving the project because of problems with financing.

The appointment of Koolhaas' Office of Metropolitan Architecture in early 2001 followed the public rejection of an earlier scheme by Michael Graves in 1985. In contrast to Graves' proposals, OMA's plans left the main 1966 Marcel Breuer building, on Madison Avenue and 75th Street, largely untouched and retained the neighbouring brownstone buildings.

The Whitney refused to discuss details of the project or its budget. But reports in the New York Times suggest the four brownstones would have been transformed into galleries, with a new 11storey building rising behind them.

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