The Frick Collection is starting fresh as New York–based Selldorf Architects takes over the task of renovating the Manhattan museum. The previous contender, Washington D.C. firm Davis Brody Bond, submitted plans highly criticized plans that would have eliminated the historical garden and its reknowned gates. According to The New York Times, "Ms. Selldorf said that eliminating the gated landscape remains off the table," much to New Yorkers' pleasure, since they are a beloved facet on Henry Clay Frick House, built in 1935. The previously selected firm's design, however, also called for reopening the institution's private upstairs rooms, providing views to Central Park.
Although there is no design yet, Selldorf Architects wants to take its time in creating one, by considering such aspects the firm is responsible for increasing the visitor experience and preserving the integrity of the building. “In the end, it’s about creating a kind of seamless set of spaces that respect what the Frick is all about—the intimacy, the quality of our collections, but adding spaces that will seem as if they were always there,” Ian Wardropper, director of the Frick Collection, said. While much controversy remains over the renovation, Wardropper is confident in Selldorf Architects' vision.
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