New Museum of Contemporary Art

2003–2007 | New York NY

Client New Museum
Architect Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
Associate Architect Gensler
Structural Engineer Guy Nordenson and Associates
Associate Structural Engineer Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Consulting Structural Engineer Sasaki and Partners
Awards 2009 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Outstanding Project Finalist, 2009 ACEC New York Platinum Award for Engineering Excellence

The design for the New Museum of Contemporary Art consists of a series of rectangular volumes that shift laterally as they rise. As a result, the only continuous vertical structure is in the central elevator core. The exterior walls are built of a series of shifting trusses that wrap around the east and west facades creating a number of floating corners. These trusses provide all of the setback transfers and the majority of the lateral resisting system of the building. The wall structure is kept to 8in in thickness to allow for minimal overall wall thickness.