Designed by David Adjaye’s firm the Spyscape museum occupies a renovated 60,00 square-foot building on W. 55th Street in Midtown, Manhattan. Weathering steel drums are installed to house the surveillance, hacking, deception and intelligence operation themed exhibition. The black Fellert acoustical plaster was an important component to set the secretive and intriguing tone for the space. A mix of smoked glass, grey acoustic paneling, mirror-polished steel and dim lighting were also chosen for surrounding spaces to create a dark and mysterious atmosphere.
The simple but novel articulations of the building volume will transform this office tower into a memorably engaging presence that enriches the public realm while offering the building’s occupants an unexpectedly privileged relationship to Bryant Park.
The interior is proving to be just as stunning as the landmark exterior. A museum was even included inside. Sky Acoustics was able to work with the acoustical consultants and architect to design a stunning piece for the center of the room that is not only reflective of China’s connection with the United States but the exciting curvaceous architecture of the exterior of the building.
The design of this newly renovated museum, which is located on the former site of two World's Fairs, required a 105,000 square foot interior with room for an expanded permanent collection of art and culture, spacious temporary galleries, and expanded educational and public events spaces. To provide the perfect lighting and acoustical treatment for this huge space, Grimshaw chose Design Strategies to install approximately 27,000 square feet of ceilings using ACM15/white matte micro-perforated membranes with custom ghost perimeter rails curved where necessary and 1"- 6lb. density acoustical insulation backing. Also installed were 110 custom fabricated ceiling panels/baffles with concealed perimeter angle (approximately 3,000 square feet total) using ACM15/white matte micro-perforated membranes to create the perfect balance between light blocking and light reflecting in the skylight areas. The overall effect is that of an enormous, light-filled atrium with the look and feel of a beautiful and exciting community commons.
The New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. Tokyo-based architects SANAA partnered with Gensler to realize this competition-winning design for the 52,000 square-foot New Museum on the Bowery. The museum accommodates four flexible gallery floors and a host of support and public space, including an auditorium, int a tight footprint. A dramatic, glass-enclosed “skyroom” tops the museum and offers panoramic views of New York City.
Design Strategies provided all of the exterior metal cladding as well as metal mesh ceilings on the interiors, working closely with both SANAA and Gensler.