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Chipperfield lands Met Museum job

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David Chipperfield Architects has won the job to design a new wing for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

Chipperfield is understood to have seen off a star-studded shortlist including Foster + Partners to win the prestigious job.

The project, which is the first in a long-term plan for the art museum, will see contemporary art gallery space added in new wing to the south-west of the museum.

According to the museum the scheme could expand to include new galleries for African and American art as well as additional operational spaces.

Designs have yet to be revealed but it is likely the museum’s existing Lila Acheson Wallace Wing will be demolished to make way for the extension, which will increase gallery space, double existing roof gardens, and create an entrance from Central Park.

Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas Campbell, said: ‘We based the final selection of an architect on three criteria: vision, experience, and compatibility.

‘David Chipperfield’s global architectural experience and sensibility, along with his commitment to the collaborative aspect of creating architecture, make him a perfect partner on this milestone project.  

‘His museum projects are brilliantly coherent, elegant, and accessible—from the Neues Museum in Berlin to Museo Jumex in Mexico City, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and The Hepworth in Wakefield, England.’

Chipperfield, added: ‘We are delighted to have been selected for this extraordinary commission. During the competition we developed an understanding and fondness for this amazing institution and we look forward to working with Tom Campbell and his colleagues on the development of the design.’

New York firm Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners drew up a masterplan for the Met’s future development in 2013 and the practice will now work with David Chipperfield Architects as executive architects on the project.  

Work on the new wing is expected to start in Spring 2016.

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