New Yorkers will have to wait until 2024 to see it with their own eyes, but the changes are worth it.
Storm King Art Center, the sprawling outdoor sculpture center an hour and a half from New York City in the Hudson Valley, is about to get bigger, greener, and even more art-centric. A renovation project is expected to begin later this year and last through 2024. Divided into three different renovation efforts, the $45 million investment aims to improve the 500-acre space both functionally and creatively. .
Working with a global team of consultants, the Art Center is in the process of revamping the site to support the growing number of visitors and programming. Making the visitor experience more memorable and sustainable is also a core value, and the project aims to meet these needs through landscape modifications centered on sustainability and functionality.
“While each design firm brings a distinct toolbox of expertise, their collective approach is grounded in a shared set of values that aligns with those of Storm King,” said Amy S. Weisser, associate director of design. strategic planning and projects at Storm King, in an official press release. “They have a similar deference to art and nature and a dedication to being outdoors and outdoors, to creativity and collaboration, to caring for people and nature, and to building infrastructure. sustainable. With its gentle impact on the earth, this project demonstrates that a museum building is a platform for experience.”
One of the most exciting new additions to the Storm King Art Center will be a set of pavilions to welcome guests as they arrive. Featuring essential amenities including restrooms, group gathering places and orientation areas, each pavilion will be designed and built to be sustainable and respectful of the surrounding space and its art. The pavilions will be constructed from natural materials and the surrounding landscape will include native plants to guide visitors through the outdoor lobby and into the grounds of the art center. Each pavilion and each course will be universally accessible.
To support the Art Center’s artistic vision, the project will unveil a new curatorial, fabrication and maintenance building. This structure will become a space for artistic and creative collaboration, with flexibility for artists according to their needs. It can be used as a workshop, studio, mechanical workshop, storage space and, if necessary, even an office. Thanks to the high functionality and flexibility of the new space, artists will be able to realize their outdoor artistic vision much more easily and will have the opportunity to create new works on site. The building will be strategically located at the south end of Storm King, where a new grassland area will naturally extend the existing spaces by providing new spaces for exhibitions and installations. Another grassland area will also be added on the north side of the center.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly upgrades are also paramount in the new project. In order to preserve the surroundings of the Art Centre, a new parking area designed to encourage the use of public transport to get to Storm King will be created and will help reduce the carbon footprint of visitors. The project changes will also allow the museum to better serve local and traveling audiences, and will impact infrastructure (external and internal roads) to ease and improve traffic flow.
City officials are excited about the new project and are optimistic about the future of the art center. “The Storm King Art Center has been a gem in the City of Cornwall and New York’s Hudson Valley for decades,” City of Cornwall Supervisor Joshua Wojehowski said in a statement. official. “Their newly announced capital project supports the city and region by providing more opportunities for residents, school children and artists, and it protects the diversity of flora and fauna as a terrestrial corridor between public parks. Throughout the challenges of the past few years, the Art Center has been an incredible resource for our community and for many visitors to our city, reminding me of the essential role that art and nature play in our lives. Storm King’s plans ensure the future of this special place for generations to come.
Take a look at some photo renders of the revamped Storm King Art Center: