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Albright-Knox Gallery announces new design that spares Bunshaft building

July 29, 2018

The latest development in the Albright-Knox debate over the fate of its Gordon Bunshaft addition is reason for cautious optimism. Preliminary designs, announced a little over a year ago, were met with swift criticism from preservationists over the detrimental effect it would have on the museum’s Modern addition. Following the backlash, the museum hired two preservation firms and re-examined its original plans. The latest iteration of the expansion calls for leaving the Bunshaft building largely intact while expanding the museum space primarily through the construction of a new building, led by the architecture firm OMA/Shohei Shigematsu. Additional changes, specifically to the 1962 building, include covering the open-air Sculpture Garden to create a year-round space, adding a new point of entry and exit on the east façade, and creating a new education wing in the lower level. Design development will continue into early 2019, with more details announced along the way. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2019 and the goal for completion is 2021. View the announcement from Albright-Knox Art Gallery HERE

Albright-Knox expansion preserves Bunshaft building, adds glass gallery building,” The Buffalo News, June 25, 2018. 

Cautious optimism greets Albright-Knox’s latest plan for expansion,” The Buffalo News, June 27, 2018.

Rendering and sketch of updated Albright Knox Gallery expansion plan.