The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has announced that it has chosen Mexican architect Frida Escobedo to design the new Oscar L-Tan and HM Agnes Sutan Wings, previously assigned to David Chipperfield Architects.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Monday, March 14, 2022 that the 43-year-old Escobedo will take over from Chipperfield after seven years of increased costs and lack of funding to design the studio.
With a donation from the museum’s councilor Tang, the museum says it will be able to advance its long-standing project with a new future design that includes an 80,000-square-foot (7,400-square-meter) gallery and public space.
“Frida Escobedo is a great architect of our time,” said Max Hollein, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in a release. “In her practice, she uses architecture as a way to create a powerful spatial and community experience, dexterous in the elegant use of materials, while paying close attention to today’s socio-economic and ecological issues. And showed sensitivity. “
The new building houses the museum’s collection of contemporary art, including works from the 20th and 21st centuries, including a collection of Cubist paintings presented to the museum.
No design plans have been announced, but the museum said it expects “a building that respects and connects the museum’s architectural crowds and their spatial composition and infrastructure.”
According to the New York Times, David Chipperfield Architects congratulated Escobedo for releasing a tweet expressing sadness at the end of his seven-year design effort. The tweet was later deleted.
Escobed founded her eponymous studio in 2006 and is the youngest architect in history to design the Serpentine Pavilion in London, she spoke of in this Dezeen exclusive film.
In 2019, Escobedo was one of 32 architects who designed the building for the experimental community in Hidalgo, Mexico.
The photo at the beginning is by Ste Murray.