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New Museum of Contemporary Art
235 Bowery
New York, New York

Built: 2005 – 2007
Architects: SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa)
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson

The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York is an eight-floor building comprised of a series of irregularly stacked boxes:

(photo by Dean Kaufman)

(web article)

The outside skin of the building is an aluminum mesh mounted on top of smooth white metal panels. The aluminum mesh shimmers in the light, giving the building an unusual sheen when seen from a distance.

Here is a plan of the building and a building section showing how the floors are offset:

The staggered floors creates a challenge for the structural engineer. The final solution is a complex system of inter-laced beams and columns which handle both the gravity-loads as well as the lateral loads. Below are some structural diagrams (structure by office of Guy Nordenson, New York) and a photo of the building under construction.

(web article)

Case study by: Gregory Brooks
ARE 320K, Fall 2010

Other sources (UT Library):
Grima, Joseph, Wong, Karen, and Kaufman, Dean. Shift : SANAA and the New Museum. Basel, Switzerland: Lars Muller Publishers, 2008.

“Museum in New York.” Detail (English ed.) Nov.-Dec. 2008 v.6: 640-644,689.

Written by Gregory Brooks

February 7, 2010 at 12:18 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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