On the eve of its public grand opening and a day after we kicked the tires, the New Museum at 235 Bowery gets reviewed by New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff, and the result comes as a bit of a shock. No, it's not surprising that he absolutely raves about the place, but it is surprising that he somehow manages to love it even more than the New Yorker's Paul Goldberger does. Perhaps he loves it a little too much. On the most famous new staircase in New York:
A narrow staircase, 50 feet long and 4 feet wide, connects the third and fourth floors, exaggerating the distance between the two and heightening your anticipation to the point of torture. At the top, a narrow wedge of space connects the staircase to the gallery, inducing a sudden sense of compression before you experience the release of stepping into the exhibition.Nicolai! There are kids reading! But dirtiness aside, SANAA can pretty much charge whatever the hell they want from now on, eh?
· New Look for the New Museum [NYT]
· Curbed Inside: Hell Yes, New Museum Revealed! [Curbed]