The Skyscraper Museum

Skyscraper Museum
Skyscraper Museum
Skyscraper Museum

Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2004
  • Design Finish Year 1999
  • Size Building Height: 16 feet Number of Stories: 1
  • Awards
    2005, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2000, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2004, Project of the Year: Interiors, New York Construction 2004, Excellence in Design Award, Art Commission of the City of New York 2005, Excellence in Design: Interiors Award, Architectural Record
  • Collaborators James Turrell
Project Facts
  • Completion Year 2004
  • Design Finish Year 1999
  • Size Building Height: 16 feet Number of Stories: 1
  • Awards
    2005, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2000, American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum 2004, Project of the Year: Interiors, New York Construction 2004, Excellence in Design Award, Art Commission of the City of New York 2005, Excellence in Design: Interiors Award, Architectural Record
  • Collaborators James Turrell

The Skyscraper Museum, in Manhattan’s Battery Park City, occupies a small storefront space that aspires to the large scale of its subject — the history and development of the skyscraper. The mirror-polished stainless steel floor and ceiling create the impression of an infinitely vertical space, with reflections of vitrines appearing as soaring volumes within a skyline.

The location and spacing of these volumes varies throughout the museum to symbolize changes in zoning codes over time. Densely packed along the storefront, they embody an initial lack of regulation. Further inside, where the cases are mobile for easy reconfiguration, they mimic the “wedding cake” setbacks adopted by New York City in 1916, as well as the tower-and-plaza formula popularized in the 1950s.

 

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