British architect David Chipperfield has been named to redesign the modern and contemporary art wings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Since the museum made the announcement, the web has been abuzz about the Met’s plans. Architizer says, “The Met has made a very good choice in Chipperfield, as his experience is almost tailor-made for this job.” The Economist hailed, “Wing commander Chipperfield.” And The New York Times Arts Beat quotes Thomas P. Campbell, the museum’s director and chief executive, as looking for “an architectural practice with a design vision and sensibility that would help deliver beautiful galleries that are thoughtfully integrated with the rest of this complex museum.”
The redesign is expected to expand the gallery space in the southwest wing, double the size of the roof garden, add accessible on-site storage, and create an entrance from Central Park. The focus will be on sustainable building methods and infrastructure. When the construction gets underway, The Met will display its modern and contemporary exhibitions in the Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue.
Image of The Met façade via Wikipedia/ Arad; image of the taxis via The Met