Landmarks lauds Natural History Museum expansion plan, see new renderings

Posted On Wed, October 12, 2016 By

Posted On Wed, October 12, 2016 By In Landmarks Preservation Commission, Starchitecture, Upper West Side 

After revising its expansion plan last month to preserve more public parkland, the American Museum of Natural History had its day in front of the Landmarks Preservation Commission yesterday, and as DNAinfo reports, the agency lauded the plan for a new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation, with chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan referring to it as a “stunning piece of architecture” and an “absolutely wonderful addition.” In making their determination, the Commission was presented with a slew of new renderings, which show the $325 million, Jeanne Gang-designed project from various angles, as well as new views of the surrounding parkland.

american-museum-of-natural-history-october-2016-5
Rear view looking southwest from Ross Terrace

american-museum-of-natural-history-october-2016-7
View towards Margaret Mead Green & Paved Terrace

american-museum-of-natural-history-october-2016-8View towards Nobel Plaza from south

American Museum of Natural History, Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang, NYC starchitecture, NYC museum architecture
View of entry from park

Since the museum first revealed its expansion plans almost a year ago, the main concern has been how the new addition will encroach on Theodore Roosevelt Park, a city-owned space near the back of the museum at 79th Street. As 6sqft reported last month after these issues were addressed, “The new curving Center will occupy one-quarter of an acre of the park, and two historic trees–a 125-year-old English elm and a 75-year-old pin oak tree– will be preserved. Therefore, the public space leading into the museum will have better circulation and more gathering spaces.”

American Museum of Natural History, Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang, NYC starchitecture, NYC museum architecture

American Museum of Natural History, Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang, NYC starchitecture, NYC museum architecture

The 235,000-square-foot Center will add more than 30 access points across 10 buildings, helping to solve circulation issues, and will serve as integrated space for museum activities and research. The interiors are made of undulating reinforced concrete that structurally support the space and carve out different levels and areas. Jeanne Gang, known for incorporating natural forms into her work, said she was inspired by “geological canyons, glacial forms.”

american-museum-of-natural-history-october-2016-2
Front facade in the spring

american-museum-of-natural-history-october-2016-3
Front facade with trees hidden

american-museum-of-natural-history-october-2016-4
Milford Pink Granite is proposed for the facade material

The project had to appear before the LPC since it is within an historic district and is also an individual landmark. Srinivasan continued her praise by saying, “it’s quiet, but it’s elusive, but it’s attractive and it draws you in.” Commissioner Wellington Chen added, “very seldom do you see a design that’s soaring, that’s inspiring. I’m delighted by the design.” In addition to complimenting the architecture itself, the agency was pleased with how the new plan creates a corridor from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue.

The next step is for the museum to present its proposal to the Parks Department in the spring, at which time they will evaluate its environmental impact. As of November 2015, more than half of the funds had been raised ($44.3 million from the city and $5 million from the state) and the anticipated opening date was 2019 or 2020. View all the LPC presentation materials here >>

[Via DNAinfo]

RELATED:

Tags : , ,

Neighborhoods : Upper West Side

MOST RECENT ARTICLES

  • Driving Barron Trump to school won’t leave NYC in total traffic chaos

    Driving Barron Trump to school won’t leave NYC in total traffic chaos

    It appears the Secret Service and NYPD are indeed taking measures to minimize the disruption caused by Melania and Barron staying ...
  • Map: Here’s where you can afford to live in NYC in 2018

    Map: Here’s where you can afford to live in NYC in 2018

    For New York home buyers, a lot can change in a year. A neighborhood that was considered affordable can all ...
  • A photographer’s classic Soho loft complete with furniture and art asks $10K/month

    A photographer’s classic Soho loft complete with furniture and art asks $10K/month

    The most interesting thing about Soho lofts is often the people who inhabit them; all begin as hangar-sized white spaces with ...
  • Get a free Shake Shack burger via their new app

    Get a free Shake Shack burger via their new app

    Even when all hope seems lost—there’s nothing like a free cheeseburger to raise morale. Shake Shack is celebrating the launch ...
  • Amtrak tearing down Penn Station departure board; Billy Bush lost $1.4M on his Chelsea house

    Amtrak tearing down Penn Station departure board; Billy Bush lost $1.4M on his Chelsea house

    Penn Station’s archaic-yet-iconic Amtrak departure board is officially coming down today to make way for a series of updated, smaller ...
  • De Blasio to allocate $300 million and accelerate construction of third NYC water tunnel

    De Blasio to allocate $300 million and accelerate construction of third NYC water tunnel

    City Water Tunnel No. 3, one of the largest capital projects in the city’s history; Images: NYC DEP Mayor Bill ...
  • Central Park South co-op of the late Doris Roberts lists for $3.3M

    Central Park South co-op of the late Doris Roberts lists for $3.3M

    Emmy-winning actress and animal-rights activist Doris Roberts (you probably know her best as Marie Barone from “Everybody Loves Raymond”) passed away ...
  • The Horse Plague of 1872 brought New York City to a screeching halt

    The Horse Plague of 1872 brought New York City to a screeching halt

    In the fall of 1872, an unfortunate horse plague swept across New York City after making its way through Toronto, ...
  • There are more skyscrapers in NYC than in the next 10 cities combined

    There are more skyscrapers in NYC than in the next 10 cities combined

    Given our growing obsession with skyscrapers–and our growing collection of them–we’re pleased to find that New York City has more skyscrapers than ...
  • Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh sells stylish Chelsea pad for $4.8M

    Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh sells stylish Chelsea pad for $4.8M

    All the way back in August 2014, 6sqft featured the $5 million listing for this stylish co-op at 147 West 22nd ...
  • Socialite Georgette Mosbacher lists luxurious full-floor, Fifth Avenue co-op for $29.5M

    Socialite Georgette Mosbacher lists luxurious full-floor, Fifth Avenue co-op for $29.5M

    This grand Fifth Avenue co-op belongs to the socialite and political fundraiser Georgette Mosbacher, who has hosted everyone from King ...
  • SPACE T2: A 1959 hunting shack transformed into an off-grid studio by Stephen Holl

    SPACE T2: A 1959 hunting shack transformed into an off-grid studio by Stephen Holl

    Space T2 is a minimal artist studio located in Rhinebeck, NY. Stephen Holl Architects built the off-grid cabin using what remained of ...

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTERS

Thank you, your sign-up request was successful!
This email address is already subscribed, thank you!
Please provide a valid email address.
Please complete the CAPTCHA.
Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.