Culture: New Museum

Award-Winning Architecture


The New Museum hosts spectacular contemporary-art exhibitions but before you head inside to see the best work from some of today’s most talented artists, take a few minutes to admire the building itself.

Tokyo-based architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa were commissioned to make a permanent home for this museum in 2003; in 2007 the doors opened and the world was treated to the treasures inside.

The Lower East Side has lucked out: rising above the dark, relatively normal-sized buildings in the neighborhood, this bright tower stands to attention 175 feet above the street. Seven rectangular white boxes seem to balance miraculously on top of one another, each wrapped snugly in aluminium mesh, giving the museum the appearance of being a continuous structure, without any visible lines, windows, doors or terraces. A bold piece of architecture that perfectly reflects the cutting-edge works of art within.

New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002.

Photo: New Museum.

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