In June of 2018 the museum announced its plan to create a new work of signature architecture on the north end of the museum’s historic campus, which will add more than 25,000 square feet of space for displaying special exhibitions and the museum’s world-renowned art collection. The new building will also incorporate several visitor amenities and is envisioned to have a wraparound promenade that visually connects the interior of the building with the surrounding Frederick Law Olmsted landscape.
In addition to adding to Buffalo’s remarkable architectural legacy, the museum aspires to improve its campus by:
- Building an underground parking structure and transforming the surface parking lot into a vibrant green landscape and gathering place, a green plaza
- Opening a route through the museum from Elmwood Avenue to Olmsted’s Delaware Park, adding a new point of entry and exit on the east façade of the museum’s 1962 Building
- Covering the 1962 Building’s open-air Sculpture Garden to create a new space for year-round civic engagement, open free of charge to the community during museum and program hours
- Creating a new education wing in the lower level of the 1962 Building
- Constructing a signature scenic bridge that connects the new building with the 1905 Building
As part of its 2018 announcement, the museum unveiled preliminary images showing how the project might evolve as the Albright-Knox and OMA continue to work on the design. The final plans for the expansion will emerge during the design development phase of the project as budget and cost estimates come into alignment. Construction is likely to begin in late 2019, with the grand opening of the new Buffalo AKG Art Museum expected in late 2021.