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Schematic Design

View from Elmwood Avenue toward campus looking northeast
View from Elmwood Avenue toward campus looking northeast

The Albright-Knox in collaboration with its architectural partner, OMA/Shohei Shigematsu, is developing a new work of signature architecture on the north side of the museum’s historic campus, which will add 29,000 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.

Green plaza in front of 1905 Building

Green plaza in front of 1905 Building

Bridge connecting north building to 1905 Building

Bridge connecting north building to 1905 Building

North building, first-floor galleries; artworks by Clyfford Still

North building, first-floor galleries. Artworks by Clyfford Still. All Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of the artist, 1964. © City and County of Denver / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

North building, second-floor promenade looking west toward Elmwood Avenue

North building, second-floor promenade looking west toward Elmwood Avenue

View from second-floor promenade east toward Hoyt Lake

View from second-floor promenade east toward Hoyt Lake

AK360 Campus Development and Expansion Project: architectural overview

AK360 Campus Development and Expansion Project: architectural overview

Aerial view of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum campus

Aerial view of the Buffalo AKG Art Museum campus (OMA and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.)

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

More refined plans for the expansion will emerge over the next several months during the design development phase of the project as budget and cost estimates come into alignment. Design development will continue into early 2019. Construction is likely to begin in autumn 2019, with the grand opening of the new Buffalo AKG Art Museum expected in fall 2021. 

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