Demolition work is underway for the New Museum‘s eight-story expansion at 235 Bowery on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu of OMA and Cooper Robertson & Partners, the 174-foot-tall annex will rise directly to the south of the SANAA-designed main building from 2007 and nearly double the institution’s footprint to 115,277 square feet. The sleek, angular volume will connect laterally to the original museum and house three gallery floors, a cafe, a bookstore, offices, community and educational program space, art storage, and outdoor terraces. Sciame Construction is the general contractor for the property, which is located at the intersection of Bowery and Spring Street.
Recent photos show the low-rise structure at 231 Bowery covered in scaffolding and black netting as demolition work proceeds on the upper floors. The entire structure could likely be razed before the end of the year, given its diminutive size.
The following diagram from our last update details how the new structure will connect to the existing New Museum. This will require sections of the southern wall to be cut open to form the new hallways between galleries.
Renderings show the annex’s diagonal forms and glossy metallic cladding creating a striking juxtaposition with the existing building, which features a massing of stacked boxes and a flat façade. This contrast is furthered by the addition’s sharp, geometric windows and triangular terrace cutouts. An outdoor ramp on the upper levels will connect the two buildings.
Demolition is being carried out by Russo Development Enterprises and is scheduled to be finished in December, as noted on the on-site construction board. The New Museum expansion will be completed in 2024.