Gruzen Samton-IBI Group honoured for museum project in New York
DateNovember 9, 2012
NEW YORK – Gruzen Samton, a New York-based member of the IBI Group of Firms, has received an honorable mention in the Municipal Art Society of New York’s 2012 MASterworks Award for Best Neighborhood Catalyst for its renovation of the Museo Del Barrio at Fifth Avenue and 104th Street in Manhattan. The awards ceremony took October 18, 2012 at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.
The MAS honorable mention is the third award for the Museo. The project won a 2011 American Institute of Architecture NY State Design Award of Merit for Adaptive Reuse as well as the Award for Design Excellence by The Art Commission of the City of New York in 2004.
El Museo is NYC’s prominent Latino cultural institution located in the Heckscher Building at East 104th Street on Manhattan’s Museum Mile. Working closely with the client, the Gruzen Samton team fulfilled its goal to create a new open and inviting public face to 5th Avenue and for the museum space within.
The highlights include:
- Client’s new identity—placemaking with a revitalized entry plaza and space-defining canopy.
- The opaque solid masonry façade replaced and relocated with an exterior glass skin to link the north and south wings of the museum.
- Creation of a new lobby, museum shop, café, curatorial workspace and theater entrance.
- Renovation of existing galleries to improve the viewer experience and enlarge the displays.
- Conservation, preservation and relocation of historic Grueby faience tile panels.
- Developed under the watchful eye of the NYC Public Design Commission, the project won its Design Excellence award in 2004 and NYS AIA Award for Adaptive Reuse in 2011.