“The new Museum of the Moving Image is the finest recent American example of radical design…”
Wall Street Journal
Completed in 2011, the Museum of the Moving Image houses a comprehensive collection dedicated to educating the public about the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. Leeser Architecture’s expansion and renovation of this unique museum allows for the interplay of rich moving image history with innovative technology and cutting edge design.
The visitor enters the museum through moving images integrated into the marquee and revolving door. The lobby is given shape by a surface strategically cut and folded to allow for the projection of moving images.
The lobby’s faceted interior indicates access to the major program elements, which begin adjacent to the lobby and move throughout the building, including a 260-seat theater, education center, screening room, changing exhibition gallery, collection study center, special events space, and courtyard gallery for outdoor screenings. The exterior features a second ‘cut and folded’ surface, wrapping the addition in an innovatively designed pattern of triangular metal panels.
The expanded Museum of the Moving Image integrates the existing structure seamlessly with the substantial new addition through a grand hallway which connects the two. It will be an environment where complexity is created from the convergence of imposing, enduring architecture and the fleeting transparency of the filmic image.
Location: 35 Avenue at 37 Street, Astoria, New York, USA
Architect: Leeser Architecture | Thomas Leeser
Project Manager: David Linehan
Design Team: Simon Arnold, Kate Burke, Sofia Castricone, Henry Grosman, Joseph Haberl
Owner’s Representative: Levien & Company, Inc.
Construction Manager: F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.
Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics, Inc.
Lighting: L’Observatoire International
Graphics: karlssonwilker inc.
Exterior Wall: R. A. Heintges & Associates
MEP Engineers: Ambrosino, DePinto & Schmieder
Specification: Construction Specifications Inc.
Structural Engineers: Anastos Engineering Associates
Code/Expediting: JAM Consultants, Inc.
Elevator: Van Deusen & Associates
Hazardous Materials: TRC Environmental Corporation
Projection Systems: MDC Group, LLC
Restaurant Program: JGL Foodservice Design
Security: Ducibella Venter & Santore
Sustainable Design: Atelier Ten
Telephone & Data: Shen Milsom Wilke
Textile Design: Cindy Sirko
Courtyard: David Dew Bruner
AV Contractor: Electrosonic Inc.
Security Contractor: Tritech Communications
Current Museum Building: 50,000 sqft
Total New Contruction: 47,700 sqft
Indoor: 37,300 sqft
Courtyard Garden: 10,370 sqft
Renovated areas: 18,800 sqft
Museum after expansion: 97,700 sqft
Groundbreaking: February 27,2008
Public Opening: January 15, 2011
Total Capital Campaign: $67 million
Photographer: Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image