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Met Museum Will Add 180,000 Square Feet During Renovation

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The iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art is poised to get a lot bigger. Last spring, the museum revealed plans for a new David Chipperfield-designed addition for the museum's modern and contemporary art collections; now, new details on that renovation have surfaced in the New York Post.

Per the paper, Chipperfield's revamp will add 180,000 square feet to the institution, including a new rooftop terrace. But despite its massive size, the addition will be "no higher than the existing buildings," according to developer Daniel Brodsky. A Met spokesperson confirmed that to the Post, saying that "the footprint of the project in Central Park will be no larger than the current footprint," and that it's still too early in the design process to comment further on the addition.

This isn't the only big move the Met is making in the next few years: In March, the museum will open its new annex at the Whitney Museum's former HQ, a Marcel Breuer-designed landmark on 74th Street and Madison Avenue. The Met Breuer, as it'll be known, will launch with three exhibits, and also play host to live music, lectures, and other programming. According to the Met's director, Thomas P. Campbell, the installations at the Breuer building will "allow[] us to regenerate our permanent spaces in the Met's main building while maintaining a vibrant program for modern and contemporary art just blocks away."
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