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New York Hall of Science Reopens Great Hall with Renovations from Todd Schliemann

New York Hall of Science Reopens Great Hall with Renovations from Todd Schliemann
New York Hall of Science Reopens Great Hall with Renovations from Todd Schliemann, Opening of Connected Worlds. Image © Andrew Kelly / New York Hall of Science
Opening of Connected Worlds. Image © Andrew Kelly / New York Hall of Science

After renovations by Todd Schliemann of Ennead Architects, the New York Hall of Science’s (NYSCI) Great Hall has reopened to the public, reclaiming its place as the centerpiece of the NYSCI. Originally designed by Harrison and Abramovitz Architects, the Great Hall was the main exhibit space of the Hall of Science during the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, encapsulating visitors in an illusion of deep space with its irregular plan surrounded by undulating glass and concrete walls. Still one of the most formally interesting buildings in Queens, the Great Hall is one of the original World’s Fair’s last surviving structures and a landmark of mid-century modernism.

Cobalt Dalle-de-Verre Panels. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto © Jeff Goldberg / Esto Renovations in Progress. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects Courtesy of Ennead Architects + 11

Site Plan of the New York Hall of Science
Site Plan of the New York Hall of Science

“Alan Friedman, Director of NYSCI from 1984-2006, told me that he wanted visitors to be inspired to learn, so I proceeded to create architecture that supported this mission. Along the way, I started thinking there was magic here—and I learned that NYSCI is a place that also demystifies the magic. It is an honor to be a part of the place where the magicians of science live,” says Todd Schliemann, head architect of the renovation.

Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects
© Ezra Stoller / Esto
© Ezra Stoller / Esto
© Ezra Stoller / Esto
© Ezra Stoller / Esto

The building has been expanded many times, including by Schliemann and Ennead in 2004, but its latest renovation, which began in 2009, is the most ambitious to date. Renovations included stabilization and repair of the exterior envelope; modernization and restoration of the interior of the Great Hall and Great Hall Lobby; and re-paving and improvements of the terrace outside of the Great Hall. Fifty new blue-dalle-verre glass panels were colour matched and installed by Willet Hauser Studios, the commissioned studio for the original 5400 panels constructed in 1964 – all of which were also cleaned by hand.

Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Renovations in Progress. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Renovations in Progress. Image Courtesy of Ennead Architects
Cobalt Dalle-de-Verre Panels. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto
Cobalt Dalle-de-Verre Panels. Image © Jeff Goldberg / Esto

“Connected Worlds” is the first exhibition to open to celebrate the reopening of the Great Hall. The immersive exhibit explores the relationships and roles of everyone and everything on the planet, and is the first permanent exhibit at the New York Hall of Science since renovations began in 2009.

© Jeff Goldberg / Esto
© Jeff Goldberg / Esto

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Cite: Eric Oh. "New York Hall of Science Reopens Great Hall with Renovations from Todd Schliemann" 06 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/769609/new-york-hall-of-science-reopens-great-hall-with-renovations-from-todd-schliemann/> ISSN 0719-8884
Opening of Connected Worlds. Image © Andrew Kelly / New York Hall of Science

Todd Schliemann 改造后的纽约科学馆大会堂重新开放