Cooper Robertson, led by Scott Newman, have fulfilled MoMA’s needs for functionality and flexibility

Lee Rosenbaum, The Wall Street Journal

The design accommodated three key goals for the Museum of Modern Art while it was undergoing the renovation and expansion of its main building. First, the satellite facility had to provide a strong visual identity to maintain the museum’s profile while its main building was closed. Second, it had to accommodate blockbuster exhibits as a temporary museum for two years. And third, it had to support the museum’s preservation and research activities well into the future.

The adaptive reuse of the former staple factory relies on a permanent framework of spaces and systems that support the museum’s current activities. As these uses change in the future, a new plan can be implemented with only minor modifications. Change and movement are core ideas for the identity of the museum, as a series of abstract patterns on the roofscape transform into a legible reading of the logo for visitors arriving by elevated train.

The program includes all aspects of the museum’s mission with its library, archives, study centers, conservation labs, and digital imaging studios. Galleries reflect not only the museum’s collection, but also the original industrial uses of the building, offering curators a new setting for presentations not available at the main museum.



The Museum of Modern Art

Queens, New York
Site Area
163,700 square feet
Completion Date
Construction Cost
$35 million
  • 2004 Business Week / Architectural Record Award
  • 2004 AIA New York State Excellence in Design Award
  • 2003 Queens Chamber of Commerce, Public Buildings - Excellence in Design, First Prize
  • 2003 Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) - Merit Award
  • 2003 The Chicago Athenaeum - American Architecture Award
  • 2002 AIA NY - Design Award for Excellence
  • 2002 AIA Los Angeles - Merit Award
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture Exhibition’s Architect

  • Goldman Copeland Associates, PC MEP Engineers

  • De Nardis Associates Structural Engineers

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