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5 Major Practices Shortlisted to Expand Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery

5 Major Practices Shortlisted to Expand Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery
5 Major Practices Shortlisted to Expand Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery, © Flickr CC User Nick Stanley
© Flickr CC User Nick Stanley

Five major firms have been shortlisted for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's $80 million expansion in Buffalo, New York. Chosen for their "design intellect" and ability to collaborate, the competing firms will envision ways to expand the gallery's exhibition space and create a new public urban area that maximizes the site's potential, as the Albright-Knox campus is located on the edge of Delaware Park - one of Frederick Law Olmsted’s major works.

“The selection of the architects reflects that malleability, because none of them has a fingerprint style,” Albright-Knox director Janne Sirén said. “All of them, almost, specialize in an ability to build for a given context.”

The five practices include:

  • Snøhetta
  • Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)
  • OMA
  • wHY
  • Allied Works Architecture

“There are only two reasons why a person in Paris or in London will get on an airplane and fly to Buffalo,” Sirén said. “They will come to see the Albright-Knox and its collection, and the architectural legacy of the city.”

A winning practice will be announced in June. The gallery plans to break ground no sooner than 2018. 

Story via The Buffalo News

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "5 Major Practices Shortlisted to Expand Buffalo's Albright-Knox Art Gallery" 03 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/783080/5-major-practices-shortlisted-to-expand-buffalos-albright-knox-art-gallery/> ISSN 0719-8884