Monday’s groundbreaking will mark a defining moment in the museum’s decade-long struggle to expand its facilities. Facing objections from the area’s residents – who refuted any attempts to expand the historic Southampton Village construction – the museum resolved to build a new structure from scratch.
The current plan exhibited in the rendering above is in fact different from that originally proposed by Herzog & de Meuron. Due to budgetary constraints and an ailing economy, the museum had to scale back on a design that originally called for a cluster of several small, inter-connected buildings, reminiscent of the century-old backyard art studios of the area’s most renowned artists. Regardless of these changes, we feel that the new design, which weighs in at only a quarter of the price ($20 million), is still a feat in subdued elegance and site-sensitivity.