The Landmarks Preservation Commission will this week review proposals to replace The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s sloped glazing wall at the institution’s Rockefeller Wing. The museum has partnered with Beyer Blinder Belle to complete the project, which will replace deteriorating elements of the building’s glass façade.
Proposals to replace the glass wall were last presented in February 2021. This time around, the documents expand on the scope of work and glazing materials in greater detail.
The goal of the project is to create a balanced transmission of light that improves the patron experience and protects the museum’s delicate artworks and exhibits. To achieve the required conditions, the sloped wall will comprise translucent silicone LP-glazed panels arranged in the existing grid layout. The visual permeability of each panel will increase from the lowest to highest elevation, as those closer to the roof are subject to more direct sun exposure.
The panels will also improve water tightness, thermal performance, and mitigate solar heat gain.
Additional members of the project team include Arup’s façade and daylighting team, building envelope repair and restoration consultants WJE, structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti, and exhibit designer wHY.
The Commission is expected to review the proposals in a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, June 1.