Marvel Architects Reveals Bronx Museum of Art Renovation Design

Marvel Architects Reveals Bronx Museum of Art Renovation Design

New York-based Marvel has revealed schematic designs for The Bronx The museum’s new entrance and multi-story lobby, as part of the museum’s 50th anniversary redesign. Budgeted at $26 million and slated for completion in 2025, the renovation will relocate access on Grand Concourse Street, one of the Bronx’s most iconic boulevards, and focus on bringing the multiple sections together to a fully accessible route through all the galleries. Coinciding with this announcement, the Museum has reinvented its brand identity and website for the first time in more than two decades to reflect its ethos as a living space at the intersection of art and social justice. in New York City.

The Bronx The museum was founded in 1971 by the inhabitants of The Bronx in difficult times for the borough. Since then, it has carved out an identity as a museum dedicated to social justice. During its first decade, the museum was housed on Grand Concourse and 161st Street, a public rotunda in the Bronx County Courthouse, and in 1982 moved to a former synagogue purchased and donated by the city of New York. Twenty years later, the museum began construction on 1,500 square meters led by the Miami-based company Architecturewinning the “Design Excellence” prize awarded by the City’s Art Commission in 2003.

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The Bronx Museum. Image courtesy of Marvel Architects

Today the Bronx The museum is an internationally acclaimed cultural destination with a permanent collection of over 2,000 works showcasing works by artists of African, Asian and Latin American descent, as well as artists for whom the Bronx was instrumental in their development.


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The design principles are rooted in the history of the Grand Concourse and the evolution of the building over the past four decades. Moving the main entrance to the highly visible intersection of Grand Concourse and 165th Street will open up the reach of the museum and broaden the sidewalk experience, providing multiple visibility opportunities for art and public programming from the street. The project aims to bring the street into the gallery and bring the gallery back to the street, merging the border between the two, becoming part of the active street life of the neighborhood.

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The Bronx Museum Renovation. Image courtesy of Marvel Architects

Upon entering the Museum at the intersection of the roof sections, the visitor is immersed in the museum experience, entering a welcoming space that aspires to become the new living room of the Bronx. The building is glazed on all sides, interwoven with textured fiberglass reinforced concrete (GFRC) walls that serve as interior exhibition surfaces and frame views in the gallery’s deeper spaces. The expansive triple-height project space at the corner provides a clear opportunity that allows art to be visible to pedestrians and invites newcomers inside.

Stemming from the articulation of the 2006 North Wing addition, Marvel uses bent copper bronze panel roofs that reflect the warm tones of the surrounding brickwork and tie in with the art Deco the influence of the Concourse district. Additionally, the design respects the existing 1962 synagogue building by removing the dark metal panels that conceal the brick walls of the original design.

Marvel’s Design for The Renovation and Expansion of The Bronx The museum channels the Bronx, the hip-hop creativity and ingenuity of . More than a museum, The Bronx The museum breaks down barriers, is a source of culture and a gathering space for the community and visitors from around the world – Jonathan Marvel, Founding Director of Marvel

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The Bronx Museum Renovation. Image courtesy of Marvel Architects

Advocating collective action mixed with contemporary design, Marvel is also working on the largest Housing for LGBT-friendly seniors development in the United States. Double Stone house A nod to the famed Stonewall Inn, the building will feature 23,000 square feet of mixed-use in downtown Brooklyn.

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