New York's American Museum of Natural History announced on Dec. 10 via The New York Times that it selected Chicago firm Studio Gang Architects, led by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA, to design a $325-million, six-story addition as a part of an expansion plan to promote scientific education and research. The new addition—dubbed the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation—is planned for a site along Columbus Avenue, at the back of the iconic institution. Although designs have yet to be released, the addition will house labs and theaters, in addition to exhibitions geared towards scientific education. The project is expected to be completed by 2019, in time for the museum's 150th anniversary.
Gang, awarded the MacArthur Fellowship in 2011, is known for her unique curving concrete-and-glass designs, such as Chicago's Aqua Tower and New York's Solar Carve Tower. Her most recent completed projects include the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Kalamazoo, Mich., and WMS Boathouse at Clark Park in Chicago.
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