Rogers Marvel Architects
New York, NY
This transformative design for Studio Museum in Harlem developed a new street identity for this local institution and broadened their audience. The team turned the 125th Street façade into a glowing beacon, making a derelict lot adjacent into a vibrant public space, and expanding program capabilities. The project engages the street and sidewalk and connects them back to the more private realm of the galleries and courtyard. The museum's facilities were enhanced with new permanent-collection galleries, an auditorium, a catering facility, a museum shop and support spaces. The renovated façade and entry encourage circulation, tighten security, and bring natural light into below grade spaces. The once-empty lot adjoining the museum has become a popular multi-use space where museum supporters and the neighborhood residents gather for events or simply for some quiet time along a busy street. Construction was phased to enable the museum to stay open continuously.

AIA New York City Honor Award, New York City Art Commission Award for Design Excellence, New York City Art Commission Design Commendation

exterior photos © Albert Vecerka/Esto, interior photography © Paul Warchol
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