Studio Gang’s Expansion of the American Museum of Natural History Breaks Ground on June 12

Construction on the cavernous, concrete Gilder Center will start on June 12.

Officially known as the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, a new addition to the American Museum of Natural History in New York is set to break ground on Wednesday, June 12. After a lawsuit from a local community group delayed construction, the final design by the renowned Studio Gang Architects intends to minimize its impact on the adjacent Theodore Roosevelt Park—a principal concern for community members. 

Milford pink granite is planned for the new facade, which will face Columbus Avenue. The same granite is also used on the museum's opposing facade along Central Park West.

Milford pink granite is planned for the new facade, which will face Columbus Avenue. The same granite is also used on the museum’s opposing facade along Central Park West.

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

With a projected budget of $383 million, the 230,000-gross-square-foot project replaces three buildings and renovates 40,000 square feet of existing spaces. The museum’s first street-level entrance is also planned.

The five-story structure will completely connect existing galleries. New spaces will allow the museum to expand its collections in science and technology.

The five-story structure will completely connect existing galleries. New spaces will allow the museum to expand its collections in science and technology.

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

A vast skylight from above will brighten the central exhibition hall with its undulating arches of reinforced concrete.

A vast skylight from above will brighten the central exhibition hall with its undulating arches of reinforced concrete.

Courtesy of Studio Gang Architects

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