The Museum of Modern Art
MoMA QNS is a new multi-use facility in Long Island City, Queens, housed in a redesigned building that was once a Swingline staple factory. MoMA QNS will serve as the base of the Museum's exhibition program and operations from Summer 2002 through late 2004 and will provide MoMA with 160,000 square feet of new space for exhibition galleries, study centers, workshops, storage, offices, a lobby and a café/bookstore.
The architects have transformed a portion of the interior into state-of-the-art storage and research spaces that will continue to serve these important functions after the new Museum opens in 2005. The lobby and exterior signage on the building are designed in collaboration with Michael Maltzan Architecture of Los Angeles.
At MoMA Queens, Michael Maltzan has experimented with traditional museum design to respond to the key aspect of movement in the Building Project and the temporary nature of the facility. The focus on movement is visible from the start to visitors arriving on the 7 train. The mechanical equipment boxes on the roof of the building are printed with bold white letters that, when seen from the 7 train as it pulls into the 33 Street station, come together to spell MoMA. As the train moves on, the letters disappear again, reinforcing the idea of movement.
Inside the museum, a sweeping entry ramp designed to lead visitors to all Museum services emphasizes movement off the street into the building. This ramp bisects the new mezzanine café/bookstore from the admission desk and "Projects" gallery space, with exhibition galleries lying just beyond.
Location: Queens, NY
Completion Date: 2002
Owner: The Museum of Modern Art
Architect: Michael Maltzan Architects with Cooper, Robertson & Partners