Met Breuer - 945 Madison Avenue. Marcel Breuer’s iconic 1966 building – designed for the Whitney Museum – has been restored and adapted as the Met Breuer, a new home for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program. The restoration project will be honored on May 11 at our Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards.
The once-controversial Brutalist edifice is now an important part of its Upper East Side neighborhood. Now, nearly five decades later, it has undergone a rehabilitation that celebrates Breuer’s design intentions. The scope of work preserved the authentic patina of aging materials and the building’s evolution. Signature attributes – including concrete walls, bluestone floors, bronze fixtures, wood handrails, and lighting – have been restored; and inappropriate or obsolete interventions removed.
To complement the restored interiors, a number of discreet new elements – all inspired by Breuer’s use of sculptural forms and natural materials – are integrated throughout the building, establishing the Met’s presence and introducing a contemporary tone. To accommodate a large number of visitors, planning for the lobby focused on enhancing both circulation and the visitor experience. Retail has been minimized, and visitors are provided with free access throughout the lobby and lower level. Behind the galleries, interior systems received a state-of-the-art upgrade.
photos by Peter Aaron/OTTO
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