Metropolitan Museum of Art Reveals Façade Renovation Project, on the Upper East Side

Preliminary rendering of skylight roof replacement above the Rockefeller Wing (left) and Temple of Dendur (right) – Beyer Blinder BellePreliminary rendering of skylight roof replacement above the Rockefeller Wing (left) and Temple of Dendur (right) – Beyer Blinder Belle

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.

Rendering of proposed curtain wall replacement at the Rockefeller Wing - Beyer Blinder Belle

Rendering of proposed curtain wall replacement at the Rockefeller Wing – Beyer Blinder Belle

Sloped glass facade existing conditions at the Temple of Dendur - Beyer Blinder Belle

Sloped glass façade existing conditions at the Temple of Dendur – Beyer Blinder Belle

Existing conditions of deteriorated plastic film and corroding curtain wall framing; Rockefeller Wing - Beyer Blinder Belle

Existing conditions of deteriorated plastic film and corroding curtain wall framing; Rockefeller Wing – Beyer Blinder Belle

Existing conditions of deteriorated plastic film and corroding curtain wall framing; Rockefeller Wing - Beyer Blinder Belle

Existing conditions of deteriorated plastic film and corroding curtain wall framing; Rockefeller Wing – Beyer Blinder Belle

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.

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6 Comments on "Metropolitan Museum of Art Reveals Façade Renovation Project, on the Upper East Side"

  1. David : Sent From Heaven. | February 18, 2021 at 8:27 am | Reply

    Sparkling project into completely attracted, surroundings I don’t mind as regards on sloped glass: Thank you.

  2. Sir or Madam, Is it possible that the artist-rendering picture is displayed in reverse? Seems the Temple should appear on the north end of the Met.

  3. I like “Metropolitan Museum of Reveals”..very new wave.

  4. Mr. Galikanokus | February 19, 2021 at 6:52 am | Reply

    Please send me an application for a 2BR apartment here.

  5. Re Gil’s comment: the rendering correct. You are viewing the museum from the west. Hence the temple is depicted in its proper location.

  6. I’ll like to get an apartment near in the facility please help me to obtine one my son is an artist and love thanks

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