Mid last year the Bronx Museum of the Arts announced they’d be receiving a two-year $26 million renovation to their multi-story entrance and lobby area as part of a larger rebranding campaign. Led by architectural firm Marvel and overseen by the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), this renovation is expected to complete in 2025.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects audiences to the urban experience through its exhibitions and programs that reflect the borough’s dynamic communities. It’s one of the only major NYC museums with free admission, making it a vital cultural hub for the city’s many residents.
The project was first announced in July of last year, mentioning the search for an architect to take on the job.
According to a press release, the renovation will mostly focus on the South Wing entrance lobby which is located on the corner of Grand Concourse and 165 Street, connecting it to the existing extension which was built in 2006. The new lobby will include seating, serve as a gathering space, and contain large street-facing walls to showcase artwork. The entrance will act as an extension of the sidewalk, making the art and public programming visible from the street, enticing visitors to enter the museum.
Marvel will also incorporate folded copper bronze panel roofs that reflect the warm tones of the surrounding brick to tie into the art deco influence of the Concourse district. The design also serves as an ode to the existing synagogue building from 1962 by revealing the brick walls of the original design.
“The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ Board of Trustees and Staff are excited about this new phase in the life of the museum,” said The Bronx Museum of the Arts Executive Director Klaudio Rodriguez. “This project presents a unique opportunity to envision and realize what a 21st century, community-based, globe-spanning museum should be. The renovation will strengthen our capacity to meet our community’s needs, by amplifying our ability to educate, engage and accommodate our visitors. The project will simultaneously reflect our values and priorities, including our commitments to accessibility, equity, and transparency.”