OMA envelopes Buffalo artwork museum extension in clear "veil"

OMA’s New York workplace led by architect Shohei Shigematsu has accomplished an enlargement to Buffalo’s AKG Artwork Museum that incorporates a promenade encased in a glass facade.

Structure studio OMA added the Jeffrey E Gundlach Constructing to the advanced of buildings that make up Buffalo’s AKG Artwork Museum – an establishment that lies on a park designed by American panorama architect Frederick Legislation Olmsted within the northern a part of town.

Buffalo’s AKG Artwork Museum has been expanded by OMA

The studio expanded the programming of the present museum whereas leaving openings to higher join the park to town, noting that the prevailing configuration of buildings “command a transparent separation” from the park.

OMA’s construction is adjoining to however separate from the prevailing constructions – a 1905 neo-classical constructing by American architect Edward B Inexperienced and a 1962 modernist enlargement by Gordon Bunshaft, each of which have been additionally renovated by OMA.

Glass interior of OMA-designed museum extension
Mild filters by means of the glass facade

The extension’s massing is within the form of a”plus signal”, which the studio mentioned denoted the addition of the constructing to the advanced, and the first structural materials for the constructing is metal.

This plus sign-shaped construction was highlighted on the facade with a cladding of White Vermont Danby Montclair marble, which creates a connection of the neo-classical constructing.

Buffalo AKG museum
The extension’s massing is within the form of a”plus signal”

The marble cladding outlines the principle concourse of galleries within the centre of the construction, a collection of stacked packing containers.

Wrapped round this metal and marble central construction is an expressive glass facade produced from 540 panels that creates traces of sight by means of the construction to the park and divulges a promenade that wraps across the second storey of the three-storey museum.

Promenade of museum in Buffalo
The perimeter is left open for circulation by means of the promenades

“The promenade and stack of environment friendly galleries are enveloped by a clear facade that achieves an open and ephemeral high quality,” mentioned OMA.

“This ‘veil’ covers the promenade to kind a double-height buffer zone between nature and artwork.”

Central gallery in glass-clad extension
A lot of the galleries lie within the centre

A lot of the 55,200 square-foot (5,128 sq. metre) construction’s galleries lie within the centre, whereas the perimeter is left open for circulation by means of the promenades.

The primary ground of the construction holds 5 galleries, with a wide range of workplaces, theatres and circulation factors organized across the 4 corners. The flooring are of pink terrazzo within the foyer and transition to stone chip all through the opposite areas.

Spiral staircase within OMA-designed museum extension
An extended spiral staircase sits adjoining to the doorway

An extended spiral staircase sits adjoining to the doorway and circulates museum guests round a big structural column by means of the completely different ranges of the construction.

The second storey holds the promenade, which is giant sufficient to carry large-scale sculptures, with one other gallery area within the enclosed core that extends up from the bottom ground.

Winding, glass-clad bridge
This stage additionally has entry to a winding, glass-clad bridge

This stage additionally has entry to a winding, glass-clad bridge that connects the constructing to its neo-classical neighbour and offers expansive views of Delaware Park.

The highest ground holds the only largest gallery, an expansive area with 16-foot-tall (4.8 metres) ceilings. The studio famous that this area has solely two everlasting structural columns, that are “each mirrored and cruciform”.

Parking for the construction was positioned underground to not intervene with the landscaping that connects the three constructions.

The renovation of the prevailing constructions included a brand new roof for the 1905 constructing. The 1962 construction was given a brand new entrance that connects it to the park and its central courtyard, which was open-air, has been enclosed by a large glass set up by artists Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann of Studio Different Areas.

Glass-clad extensino by OMA
The first structural materials for the constructing is metal

OMA has accomplished numerous additions to historic buildings in the USA, most not too long ago including a glass-box pavilion to the highest of jewelry firm Tiffany & Co.’s historic Manhattan flagship.

Different galleries not too long ago accomplished by the studio, which was based in 1975 by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, embody the Tapei Performing Arts Heart.

The images is by Marco Cappelletti. 

Challenge credit: 

Associate: Shohei Shigematsu
Challenge Architect: Lawrence Siu, Paxton Sheldahl
Group: Gregory Serweta, Thomas Holzmann, Maxime Leclerc, Laura Baird, Patricio Fernandez, Napat Kiat-Arpadej,
Bartosz Kobylakiewicz, Claudia da Costa, Jesse Catalano, Tamara Jamil, Camille Bongard, Remy Bertin, Joanne
Chen, Federico Pompignoli, Jackie Woon Bae, Jan Casimir, Brian Tabolt, Daeho Lee, Philippe Audemard d’Alancon,
Yashar Ghasemkhani, Regan Dyer
Competitors group: Laura Baird, Lawrence Siu, Jason Lengthy, Daeho Lee, Maxime Leclerc, Ceren Bingol, Nicholas Solakian, Wesley Ho
Govt architect: Cooper Robertson
Panorama architect: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Construction: Arup
MEPFP: Buro Happold
Civil: Wendel
Facade & waterproofing: Thornton Thomasetti
Exterior lighting: Arup
Museum lighting: Litelab
AVIT: Buro Happold
Code: Paul Battaglia
Historic preservation: Preservation Studios
Acoustics: Jaffe Holden
VT: Van Deusen & Associates
Specification author: The Friday Group LLC
Price: Price Plus
Geotech: McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineers
Parking: Philip Habib & Associates
Graphic design: Wkshps with As soon as-Future Workplace
City Sq. Roof, Widespread Sky: Studio Different Areas – Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann