ARCHITECT’s Chelsea Blahut reports that New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) has announced that it will temporarily close its spaces dedicated to architecture and design.

The museum will seal off the Robert Menschel Architecture and Design Gallery, the third-floor Special Exhibitions Galleries, as well as the Edward Steichen Photography Galleries and Paul J. Sachs Drawings Galleries in order to reconfigure these rooms into separate suites measuring 5,000 and 10,000 square feet, respectively. The redesign will provide a more flexible and more engaging space for installations. The museum's architectural and design department will remain intact despite the temporary closing.

This is all to accommodate renovations that are in preparation for the expansion of the existing 630,000-square-foot building, headed by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, which has been going on for two years now, although a finalized architectural design has yet to be released. The museum hopes to improve access for visitors and create more space for the 86-year-old institution’s massive collection. According to Margaret Doyle, MoMA's director in the department of communications, once the expansion is complete, it will include 50,000 square feet of new, and 15,000 square feet of renovated gallery space.

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