American Museum of the Moving ImageAstoria, NY Housed in a landmark three-story loft building adjacent to the Astoria Motion Pictures studio complex, the American Museum of the Moving Image is both an archive-repository and a learning center for movie and video history, where exhibits are designed to encourage hands-on exploration. Program flexibility requirements and a limited budget determined the primary aesthetic and construction phasing. Continue Back
The architects placed a new monumental stair and elevator tower on-axis with the main entrance to the building, so that it extends from the original courtyard façade as a counterpoint to its gridded solid-void frame.
The stair acts as the iconic object of the design and the orientation element for the entire complex. The landings provide visitors with an alternative exhibition experience, giving them the opportunity to reorient themselves before reentering through the façade of the original building, creating a sense of anticipation and reengagement. In the final phase, the courtyard will be developed as an outdoor movie theater and exhibition space to hold larger-scale installations.
Rochelle Slovin, Director