MoMA Extension Opens

Fifth Movement


New York has just seen the opening of the Museum of Modern Art renovation and expansion, carried out by the local firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Since Goodwin and Stone raised the original building in 1938, this is the fifth enlargement to be carried out, after those by Philip Johnson (1953, 1964), César Pelli (1984), and Yoshio Taniguchi (2004). Though accompanied by plenty of international media hype, the MoMA’s latest makeover has not ceased to be met with rejection, as much from those who lament the demolition of the unique small building by Williams Tsien that took up part of the new extension area, as from those who opine that the cost of the project – a good 450 million US dollars – far exceeds the benefits gained.

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