New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is to dust off plans by David Chipperfield Architects to create a new wing at its home on Fifth Avenue
More than three years after Chipperfield won the job, having been selected ahead of a star-studded shortlist including Foster + Partners, the client has signalled its intention to push on with the project.
It comes as the art museum looks to give up the space it has occupied for the past two years in the nearby Met Breuer building, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1966 and renovated by Beyer Blinder Belle in 2016.
That building at 945 Madison Avenue and East 75th Street, formerly the home Whitney Museum of American, is now set to house the Frick Collection in 2020 with the Met cutting short its eight-year lease by three years.
This is part of a long-term plan to rework its estate, including a renewed focus on plans to rebuild modern and contemporary galleries in the Fifth Avenue building.
The Met’s president, Daniel Weiss, said: ’Two years ago the prudent course was to prioritise our large capital projects – enabling us to begin the long-overdue replacement of skylights for the European Paintings galleries – and to build a financial path toward a balanced budget.
’With this critical work well on its way, and [new director] Max Hollein’s arrival, we are now ready to re-engage with architect David Chipperfield’s plan for expanded and improved modern and contemporary galleries.’
According to the New York Times, the project is being revised and is now likely to cost under $500 million (£380 million), compared with an earlier estimate of about $600 million.
Work was initially expected to start in Spring 2016. The AJ reported in 2015 that the David Chipperfield project would see contemporary art gallery space added in a new wing to the south-west of the museum.
Chipperfield said at the time: ‘We are delighted to have been selected for this extraordinary commission. During the competition we developed an understanding and fondness for this amazing institution.’