This week, the New Museum announced plans for a second building that will nearly double the institution’s footprint to 115,277 square feet at 235 Bowery on the Lower East Side. The structure, designed by OMA’s Shohei Shigematsu and Rem Koolhaas in collaboration with Cooper Robertson, will rise 174 feet between Prince Street and Stanton Street. At seven stories high, the new development will dedicate three floors to gallery space, along with a cafe, bookstore, offices, community and education programs, art storage, and terraces concealed in triangular cutouts on the top three levels.
The seven-story, 58,700-square-foot New Museum – a contemporary art museum at 235 Bowery, on the Lower East Side – is planning to expand into the six-story commercial building at 231 Bowery, which they purchased for $16.6 million in 2008. The museum is now preparing to convert the property into exhibition space, event space, storage, and offices, the New York Times reports. The expansion would increase the museum’s footprint by roughly 42,000 square feet, which means the complex would measure over 100,000 square feet once completed. The lot walls separating the existing structure and the 231 Bowery would be removed to connect the buildings. The project is still in the planning stage. The New Museum was constructed in 2007 and designed by Tokyo-based SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), with Gensler serving as the architect of record.