The New Museum, the first major art museum in downtown Manhattan in the city's modern history, is located on the Bowery on what is now an 8,000 square foot parking lot.
The seven-storey building was conceived as a composition of metal mesh-clad boxes, which softly shift off the main axis, creating a dynamic effect as the building rises
Designed by Tokyo-based architects SANAA Ltd ( Kazuyo Sejima (right) and Ryue Nishizawa) who said : "The solution emerged through an extensive period of trial and error. We made numerous study models based upon the New Museum's program and the demands of the site, the zoning envelope. First we arrived at the notion of the boxes themselves; each one represents a specific piece of the program developed by the Museum. Then we tried shifting the boxes to render the inside of the building more accommodating and open, with more possibilities for daylight to enter spaces and views to appear at various points in the interiors.
New Museum235 BoweryNew York, NY 10002212.219.1222