Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Renovation, transformation and extension of historically landmarked buildings – dating from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries – containing a new 300-seat auditorium, as well as new exhibition and library spaces.

Morgan Library & MuseumRehearsal in the new 300-seat auditorium.
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Morgan Library & MuseumAuditorium.
One of the technical galleries as seen from stage.
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Morgan Library & MuseumAuditorium. Curved acoustic reflection panels on the celling.
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Morgan Library & MuseumAcoustic panels detail.
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Morgan Library & MuseumReading room, before installation of the furniture.
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Morgan Library & MuseumMorgan Library & Museum, Madison Avenue, New York.
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Morgan Library & MuseumMorgan Library
& Library central piazza.
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Morgan Library & MuseumThe Morgan Library offices open out onto the central piazza.
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Morgan Library & MuseumOpening event in May 2006 in the central piazza of the Morgan Library & Museum. Located at the heart of the building, between the museum spaces, the library, the auditorium and the offices, the piazza can serve as a conference and concert space, and as a restaurant.
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Information Sheet


Location   New York, USA. Landmarked building.

Project Cost   $70 million (approximately 56 million €).

Time Frame   Start of design: 2001. Opening of the renovated and enlarged facility including the new auditoriums May 2006.

Owner   Pierpont Morgan Library.

Architect(s)   Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa/Paris.

Theatre Planner(s)   David Harvey, Harvey Marshall Berling Associates, New York.

Seat Count   300-seat auditorium, exhibition spaces, public piazza, reading rooms and offices. Total area 8 000 m².

Uses   Auditorium: concerts, recitals, projections, conferences. Public Piazza: opening receptions, conferences and lectures, café. Exhibitions and reading rooms.

Services   Basic and acoustical concept; acoustical and theater planning consulting throughout the project. Close collaboration with the architect for the new auditorium design.

Team   Eckhard Kahle, Kahle Acoustics. In collaboration with David Harvey, Harvey Marshall Berling Associates, New York (for audiovisual and theatre equipment design).

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