One week ago, YIMBY reported on the filing of demolition permits for the future Italian American Museum and associated residential building coming to Manhattan’s Little Italy. Today, we get a chance to look at new renderings, revealing an innovative Frank Stella-inspired white-wall interior. Oved Group and Nexus Development Group will be responsible for the development.
These new renderings also reveal the new logo for the museum, and that the façade along Mulberry Street will be white.
The interiors do resemble other significant cultural institutions, suggestive of the Museum’s ambition to be competitive in the market. It does have its own distinctive flair, similar to Stella’s piece, Harran II, featuring in a few of the images provided by the architectural firm op.AL.
Curbed was the first to reveal the renderings yesterday, shedding new light on the project. In an email with Jonathan Scelsa of op.AL, Scelsa noted that the Museum will have a separate entrance on Mulberry Street, with a 20-foot-tall central atrium, and a skylight on the ground floor to allow natural light for the lower levels.
Once complete, the institution hopes to expand on its presence to become an even more substantial anchor for Italian heritage in New York City. Construction is expected to wrap by 2019.