Updated proposals reveal sloped glazing replacement at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

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The Monuments Preservation Commission will consider proposals this week to replace the sloped glazing wall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the institution’s Rockefeller Wing. The museum has partnered with Beyer Blinder Belle to complete the project, which will replace the deteriorated elements of the building’s glass facade.

The proposals for replacing the glass wall were last presented in February 2021. This time around, the documents develop in more detail the scope of the work and the glazing materials.

Existing conditions (left) proposed glazing system (right) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Beyer Blinder Belle

Existing conditions of the sloping wall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Beyer Blinder Belle

Existing conditions of the sloping wall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Beyer Blinder Belle

The aim of the project is to create a balanced transmission of light that enhances the customer experience and protects the museum’s delicate works of art and exhibits. To achieve the required conditions, the sloped wall will include translucent siliconeLP glazed panels arranged in the existing grid layout. The visual permeability of each panel will increase from the lowest elevation to the highest, as those closer to the roof are subjected to more direct sunlight exposure.

The panels will also improve water tightness, thermal performance and mitigate solar heat gain.

The diagram illustrates the shaded glazing system offered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Beyer Blinder Belle

The diagram illustrates the shaded glazing system offered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Beyer Blinder Belle

Physical models of the shaded glazing system offered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Beyer Blinder Belle

Physical models of the shaded glazing system offered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Beyer Blinder Belle

Other members of the project team include Arup’s facade and daylighting team, WJO building envelope repair and restoration consultants, structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti and exhibition designer. wHY.

The Commission is expected to discuss the proposals in a virtual public meeting on Tuesday 1 June.

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