New York's beloved American Museum of Natural History is on the road to a much-anticipated expansion. You've likely encountered our previous coverage of the project on Time Out here and here, but in the event that you haven't, here's a recap of what's in the works:
- The Richard Gilder Center for Science, a 245,000-square-foot wing designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, will feature a state-of-the-art insectarium (A.K.A. bug hall!), a 3,000-square-foot butterfly vivarium (modern, upgraded butterfly conservatory) packed with high-tech features, and expanded learning spaces. The project was approved by NYC parks December 4, 2017.
- The new wing will also feature a 21,000-square-foot Collections Core that includes specimens and artifacts (seen in our lead image).
- The Center will be a candidate for LEED Gold certification, and the design will incorporate fritted glass for shading/bird safety, efficient landscaping, mindful lighting designs and water conservation initiatives in addition to outdoor landscaping that's water efficient.
- The Museum has collaborated with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) to minimize the environmental impact on Theodore Roosevelt Park and contribute park improvements that include new tree plantings, benches and expanded play areas.
- New: Patch reports that The Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park is "suing the City, Parks Department and American Museum of Natural History." The group claims that the Parks Department improperly interpreted a law when it approved the plans for AMNH's Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation and alleges that the project would pose environmental issues.
For even more project information, visit the American Museum of Natural History's website here.