Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects has been commissioned to design the new Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The $325 million project will include 218,000 sf of new and existing space, ArchDaily reports.
“I was immediately struck by the immense range of work the museum is already doing as an educational facility to reach learners of all ages,” said Jeanne Gang, Founder and Design Principal of Studio Gang. “This project and collaboration with the Museum is incredibly important to me and my entire team. The Gilder Center’s holistic mission closely aligns with Studio Gang’s interdisciplinary practice of integrating architecture, nature, science, and art. Designing spaces that facilitate interaction between science, education, and exhibition experiences will make possible the learning the new Gilder Center aspires to generate.”
The opening of the new space is set to coincide with the museum's 150th anniversary in 2019-2020. Ralph Appelbaum of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Designer of the museum's exhibits in the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the fourth-floor fossil halls, and the Hall of Biodiversity, will design the exhibitions for the Gilder Center.