The Albright-Knox (AK) has chosen its architectural partner for its new campus vision. The AK360 campus development planning process, led by the gallery’s Board of Directors, has resulted in retaining the services of the firm OMA, which will be the gallery’s architectural partner moving forward.
The OMA team will be led by Shohei ‘Sho’ Shigematsu, who will help to create a futuristic plan for the AK. The team will start by developing a Program and Concept design phase, that will take into account the history of the current buildings, while envisioning a comprehensive strategy to fabricate a world class 21st century gallery campus.
Shigematsu is just now coming away from designing the award-winning expansion of the Québec National Fine Arts Museum. Retaining the services of OMA, and its rock star architect should be considered a coup for the gallery, which is typically considered to be conservative in its development strategies.
It was gallery director Janne Sirén who made the exciting announcement earlier today.