This Spring, Shohei Shigematsu, head of OMA's New York office, will get to embark on an opportunity not many architects have: transforming a portion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The 1970s Robert Lehman wing of the Beaux-arts institution will receive a specialized treatment made specially for the Costume Institute's Spring Show, "Manus x Machina," which opens on May 5 and runs through August.
With a focus on production, both handmade and by machine, the architectural design provides spaces and backdrops that puts emphasis on both. Set in a skylit, double-height section, the curator of the exhibition, Andrew Bolton, who is also head of the institute, requested for a space that softens the interior brick inlay treatment of the space. Shigematsu's solution was an elevated stage within the immense space, with open areas above for projections of images depicting garments being made by different methods.
To learn more about thish project, head over to The Wall Street Journal.