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New Museum of Contemporary Art
Having developed a reputation for exquisitely refined buildings, SANAA faced a very different kind of challenge with the New Museum in Lower Manhattan: Design a building for an anti-establishment museum in a scruffy-but-gentrifying part of town. Our Web coverage includes a slide show and video tour, along with a story about the project, a detailed analysis of the building’s structure, and a profile on leading engineer Mutsuro Sasaki.
New Museum of Contemporary Art

New Museum of Contemporary Art
At New York’s smart New Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo-based SANAA creates an ambiguous icon for an area in transition.

Photo © Christian Richters

Slide show

Slide show
Against the odds, SANAA has delivered a building that pleases both the critics and the public. View a slide show of the project.

Photo © Dean Kaufman

Video Tour

Video Tour
In this six-minute video, we tour the New Museum with its deputy director, who explains how the striking design plays a critical role in the success of the museum's mission. video

Photo © Bryant Rousseau

Behind SANAA’s Illusion of Weightlessness
Now that the New Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is complete, and its structure enclosed, there is little evidence of the system that supports the seven-story building that seems to be made up of nothing heavier than precariously stacked cardboard boxes.

Diagrams courtesy Guy Nordenson and Associates

Mutsuro Sasaki

Profile: Mutsuro Sasaki
Eight years after working on Toyo Ito’s Senda Mediatheque, the Japanese structural engineer Mutsuro Sasaki now finds himself in an enviable position where he can say, “If it’s not interesting to me, then I don’t take the work.” Sasaki is one of the structural engineers who worked with SANAA on the New Museum.

 

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