Visitors could choose different paths to experience the artworks displayed within the museum, which packed eight levels into a four-story structure on West 53rd Street; two levels, which included an auditorium and museum offices, were below grade.
"The American Folk Art Museum is an idiosyncratic home for idiosyncratic art."—Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, from twbta.com.
The collection of the American Folk Art Museum includes international folk art by self-taught artists to cultivate aesthetic appreciation of the genre.
Built-in niches displayed artifacts from the museum's permanent collection, framing pieces in unexpected locations throughout the building.
Upper floors contained permanent and temporary exhibitions, while lower floors contained administrative spaces.
Ciruclation paths and space use fill the American Folk Art Museum's former home with complexity despite its diminutive stature in the context of New York.
"Sculptural in form, the façade recalls an abstracted open hand. The panels fold inward to create a faceted plan. The façade catches the glow of the rising and setting sun, sublty shifrting with the weather and the seasosn."—Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, from twbta.com.