The Buffalo AKG Art Museum Extension project, or AK360, is a groundbreaking expansion and redevelopment of the historic Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY. Planned to double the capacity of artwork for the museum and add new special exhibition and public spaces, the project empowers the forecasting trends and potential futures of museums where a rich culture of institutionalized racism, discrimination and conflict can be curated. Designed by OMA/Shohei Shigematsu, the extension features an additional 30,000 sq.ft. of new gallery and office spaces, along with a new signature winding pedestrian bridge linking the existing 1905 building with the new north building.
Layers of visual and spatial connections throughout the north building foster dialogue with the architectural legacy of the Albright-Knox while inviting contemporary audiences to discover the diverse activities within. This historical site will be redefined by enhancing structure and introducing light via glazing with engineering effects and modern aesthetics.