Grey Art Museum

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Grey Art Museum

The renovated facilities for the Grey Art Museum highlight the importance of the arts on New York University’s campus and reshapes the visitor experience for all audiences.

The Grey’s new facility occupies the entire ground floor of a venerable brick and iron building in the historic Noho district, its storefront façade facing out onto a busy pedestrian thoroughfare at the intersection of the East Village and NoHo.

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A prominent street entrance provides a clear view of the reception area and entrance hall, bookstore, and main exhibition spaces. The elegant simplicity of the design, which is on track to be certified as LEED Gold, belies extensive upgrades to the turn-of-the-20th-century building to achieve dynamic facilities supportive of future programming.

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“Ennead is delighted to have created a new space that is significantly larger, more accessible, and designed to better support the Grey’s exceptional vision, curation, and collection. The Grey Art Museum now has a visible street presence and identity, facilitating greater engagement with the community, and a flexible interior which allows for new experiences.”

Richard Olcott, Design Partner
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Improvements include the Cottrell-Lovett Gallery and the creation of the Cottrell-Lovett Study Center, which enables researchers, faculty, and students to have more direct access to the collection of nearly 6,000 objects.

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New York, NY
14,000 GSF
Galleries, offices, art storage, & conference rooms


Ennead Design Team
Richard Olcott, Molly McGowan, Minh Tran, Akil Matthews, Stefan Knust
Aislinn Weidele