Aerial rendering of the enlarged Albright-Knox campus in Buffalo. Image courtesy of Albright-Knox Art Gallery.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has reached a milestone in its ongoing $ 160 million expansion project overseen by Shohei Shigematsu and OMA in cooperation with Cooper Robertson.
The construction of the new Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building on the the museum soon to be renamed Buffalo, New York campus, paving the way for a reopening in 2022 that will dramatically improve the gallery’s historic footprint.
“This is a remarkable moment,” said director Dr Janne Siren at a ceremony on Wednesday. “We are about a year away from completing this project which will make Buffalo and our community so proud, create jobs and prosperity for the people who live here, and be an attraction for people around the world who will want to come and visit us “,
With the steel frame now in place, contractors will soon begin pouring concrete for the building, followed by a glass curtain installation that will begin in the fall.
The new Buffalo AKG Art Museum will include new underground parking facilities that will allow the old one-acre aboveground lot to be repatriated into a vibrant green lawn. Upgraded entrances and an added public space designed by Olafur Eliasson in the gallery’s former sculpture garden combine with a new education center to fundamentally reshape the transformed museum into a more open and inclusive, community-centered institution that serves the city as much as it upholds the mission of arts education that dates back to its founding in 1905.
“Building the future of a city and a community is a monumental undertaking, which is only possible when people from all walks of life come together to realize a common vision,” Siren said in a statement. “All of us at Buffalo AKG are delighted to welcome the world to the new museum when it opens. [next year]. “
To top it off the Jeffrey E. Gundlach building of the future Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Video via Albright-Knox on YouTube.