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Albright-Knox selects OMA for museum expansion

Posted at 9:05 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 07:52:20-04

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has selected the architecture firm OMA to for the museum's first expansion project since 1962. OMA will enlarge and enhance the Albright-Knox as a part of an $80 million project entitled AK360.

OMA was selected following an international search by the museum. This will be OMA's first art museum project in the United States. 

"At the top of our list, we were looking for genuine sensitivity to our historic buildings and Olmsted campus, which will anchor the increasingly vibrant Elmwood Avenue Cultural District," said Albright-Knox Board President Tom Hyde. 

"We are thrilled to be a part of this project, which will be important for many reasons including the convergence of historically significant architecture in Buffalo," said Shohei Shigematsu, OMA Principal. Shigematsu will spend the next year in partnership with the museum to develop the vision of the project. 

Completed works by OMA in the United States include the IIT Campus Center in Chicago and the Prada Epicenter in New York. The firm also completed the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion at the Musee national des beaux-arts du Quebec.