The Landmarks Preservation Commission is now reviewing proposals from The Metropolitan Museum of Art to renovate and replace deteriorating elements of the building’s exterior. Areas of focus include the signature sloped glass façades and skylights above the Rockefeller Wing and the Temple of Dendur.
Beyer Blinder Belle has been selected to oversee the renovation project.
As revealed in a public hearing on Tuesday, February 9, the façades’ protective UV coating and metal framing are significantly aged and must be replaced to better protect the artwork within these areas and maintain a pleasant viewing experience for visiting patrons.
The proposed glazing system will offer greater air tightness, which will improve the building’s overall energy performance, offer greater resistance to condensation and humidity, and will better moderate the amount of sunlight that enters these areas of the building. The glazing system is also avian-safe to help reduce deadly bird strikes that plague a number of glass buildings throughout New York City.
In addition to glass replacement, the project will also address other problematic areas of the exterior envelop including gutters, flashing, connection to adjacent masonry walls, and aging mechanical systems.
At this time, the Museum has not commented on when the project might begin.