Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery has selected architecture firm OMA and its principal, Shohei Shigematsu, to revamp and expand its famous grounds. This will be the museum’s first major expansion in over fifty years. Throughout the next year, OMA will work with the museum and consult the local community regarding the best ways to go forward on this $80 million project—the largest undertaking on record for a cultural institution in Western New York. This is also OMA’s first assignment within the United States.
The Albright-Knox’s Peggy Pierce Elfvin director Dr. Janne Sirén says “OMA/Shohei Shigematsu are fully committed to an organic design-development process that will unfold in partnership with the Albright-Knox and the broader Western New York community. Over the next year, we will work together to imagine a renewed Albright-Knox for the twenty-first century, one that includes state-of-the-art spaces for special exhibitions and the display of our world-renowned collection. Educational and social environments will be at the front and center of our project. Through our architectural vision we will aspire to set new standards for how a twenty-first century art museum can activate the transformative power of art and become a place of community engagement—a town green for all.”