Renovation and expansion of the sixth-oldest museum in USA. AKG Art Museum by OMA

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OMA. Partner.- Shohei Shigematsu.
Project team
Competition Associate.- Laura Baird.
Project Architect.- Lawrence Siu.
Project Manager.- Helen Billson.
Ceren Bingol, Wesley Ho, Maxime Leclerc, Daeho Lee, Jason Long, Nicholas Solakian
Project Architect.- Paxton Sheldahl, Lawrence Siu.
Project Manager.- Helen Billson.
Jackie Woon Bae, Laura Baird, Remy Bertin, Camille Bongard, Jan Casimir, Jesse Catalano, Joanne Chen, Claudia da Costa, Philippe Audemard d'Alancon, Regan Dyer, Patricio Fernandez, Yashar Ghasemekhani, Thomas Holzmann, Tamara Jamil, Napat Kiat-Arpadej, Bartosz Kobylakiewicz, Maxime Leclerc, Daeho Lee, Federico Pompignoli, Gregory Serweta, Brian Talbot.
Executive Architect.- Cooper Robertson.
Landscape Architect.-  Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.
Structural Engineer, Exterior Lighting.- Arup.
MEP Engineer, AV/IT.- Buro Happold.
Civil Engineer.- Wendel.
Facade/Waterproofing.- Thornton Thomasetti.
Museum Lighting.-Litelab.
Code.- Paul Battaglia.
Historic Preservation.- Preservation Studios.
Acoustics.- Jaffe Holden.
Vertical Transportation.- Van Deusen & Associates (VDA).
Specification Writer.- The Friday Group LLC.
Cost Consultant.- CostPlus.
Historic Tax Credits.- Clinton Brown Company Architecture.
Geotech.- McMahon & Mann Consulting Engineers.
Parking.- Philip Habib & Associates.
Graphics, Signage, Wayfinding.- Wkshps with Once-Future Office.
Food & Beverage.- JDB Consultants.
Client Reps.- Zubatkin, ARC.
General Contractor.- Gilbane.
Town Square Roof, Common Sky.- Studio Other Spaces - Olafur Eliasson and Sebastian Behmann.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Buffalo AKG Art Museum.
Museo/galería.- 4,650m²
Aparcamiento.- 2,550m²
Servicios.- 2,210m²
Espacio publico.- 1,850m²
Total.- 9,140m²
Concurso.- 2016.
Encargo.- 2016.
Diseño esquemático.- 2018.
Inicio de la obra.- 2019.
Apertura.- Junio 2023.
Buffalo, Nueva York, Estados Unidos.
160 milliones de doólares.

OMA. Office for Metropolitan Architecture

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is an international practice operating within the traditional boundaries of architecture and urbanism. AMO, a research and design studio, applies architectural thinking to domains beyond. OMA is led by eight partners – Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, Chris van Duijn, Jason Long, and Managing Partner-Architect David Gianotten – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Hong Kong, Doha, and Australia. OMA-designed buildings currently under construction are the renovation of Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin, The Factory in Manchester, Hangzhou Prism, the CMG Times Center in Shenzhen and the Simone Veil Bridge in Bordeaux.

OMA’s completed projects include Taipei Performing Arts Centre (2022), Audrey Irmas Pavilion in Los Angeles (2020), Norra Tornen in Stockholm (2020), Axel Springer Campus in Berlin (2020), MEETT Toulouse Exhibition and Convention Centre (2020), Galleria in Gwanggyo (2020), WA Museum Boola Bardip (2020), nhow RAI Hotel in Amsterdam (2020), a new building for Brighton College (2020), and Potato Head Studios in Bali (2020). Earlier buildings include Fondazione Prada in Milan (2018), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (2015), De Rotterdam (2013), CCTV Headquarters in Beijing (2012), Casa da Música in Porto (2005), and the Seattle Central Library (2004).

AMO often works in parallel with OMA's clients to fertilize architecture with intelligence from this array of disciplines. This is the case with Prada: AMO's research into identity, in-store technology, and new possibilities of content-production in fashion helped generate OMA's architectural designs for new Prada epicenter stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2004, AMO was commissioned by the European Union to study its visual communication, and designed a colored "barcode" flag, combining the flags of all member states, which was used during the Austrian presidency of the EU. AMO has worked with Universal Studios, Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Heineken, Ikea, Condé Nast, Harvard University and the Hermitage. It has produced Countryside: The Future, a research exhibited at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale, including Public Works (2012), Cronocaos (2010), and The Gulf (2006); and for Fondazione Prada, including When Attitudes Become Form (2012) and Serial and Portable Classics (2015). AMO, with Harvard University, was responsible for the research and curation of the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and its publication Elements. Other notable projects are Roadmap 2050, a plan for a Europe-wide renewable energy grid; Project Japan, a 720-page book on the Metabolism architecture movement (Taschen, 2010); and the educational program of Strelka Institute in Moscow.

Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA, New York

Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is a leading international partnership practicing architecture, urbanism, and cultural analysis. OMA's buildings and masterplans around the world insist on intelligent forms while inventing new possibilities for content and everyday use. OMA is led by ten partners – Rem Koolhaas, Ellen van Loon, Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Iyad Alsaka, David Gianotten, Chris van Duijn, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Jason Long and Michael Kokora – and maintains offices in Rotterdam, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Dubai.

Responsible for OMA’s operations in America, OMA New York was established in 2001 and has since overseen the successful completion of several buildings across the country including Milstein Hall at Cornell University (2011); the Wyly Theater in Dallas (2009); the Seattle Central Library (2004); the IIT Campus Center in Chicago (2003); and Prada’s Epicenter in New York (2001). The office is currently overseeing the construction of three cultural projects, including the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec and the Faena Arts District in Miami Beach – both scheduled for completion in 2016 – as well as a studio expansion for artist Cai Guo Qiang in New York. The New York office has most recently been commissioned to design a number of residential towers in San Francisco, New York, and Miami, as well as two projects in Los Angeles; the Plaza at Santa Monica, a mixed use complex in Los Angeles, and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

OMA New York’s ongoing engagements with urban conditions around the world include a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy, urban water strategy for New Jersey; the 11th Street Bridge Park and RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Masterplan in Washington, DC; and a food hub in West Louisville, Kentucky.

Shohei Shigematsu

Shohei Shigematsu born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan in 1973. In 1996 graduated from the Department of Architecture at Kyushu University. Studying at the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam. He became an associate since 2004.joined OMA in 1998 and became a partner in 2008.

He has led the office in New York since 2006. Sho's designs for cultural venues include the Quebec National Beaux Arts Museum and the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach, as well as direct collaborations with artists, including Cai Guo Qiang, Marina Abramovic and Kanye West.

Sho is currently designing a number of luxury, high rise towers in San Francisco, New York, and Miami, as well as a mixed-use complex in Santa Monica. His engagement with urban conditions around the world include a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia; a post-Hurricane Sandy, urban water strategy for New Jersey; and a food hub in Louisville, Kentucky.

He is a design critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is conducting a research studio entitled Alimentary Design, investigating the intersection of food, architecture and urbanism.



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