The Met Museum breaks ground on David H. Koch Plaza (slide show)
Check out renderings of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s swanky new outdoor space, set to open next year.
Tue Jan 15 2013
Rendering looking south from the front steps (image: OLIN)
Ready for a Museum Mile upgrade? Today, ground was broken on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new David H. Koch Plaza, a four-block-long outdoor promenade due to be finished in fall 2014. The project will transform the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 80th and 84th Streets into a leafy pedestrian haven.
Designed by landscape-architecture firm OLIN (the brains behind the 2005 revamp of Columbus Circle), the plaza will include two new granite fountains flanking the Met’s iconic front steps, a pair of tree-lined allées and movable seating. Running along the staircase will be gardens planted with fauna inspired by those seen in early-20th-century photos. Judging from the renderings above, we’re really looking forward to stretching out here with a good book.