Gehry Partners Tapped to Replace Gluckman Tang for North Adams’ Extreme Model Railroad Museum


Gluckman Tang's original concept for the museum. Image © Gluckman Tang

Gluckman Tang's original concept for the museum. Image © Gluckman Tang

The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has selected Gehry Partners to replace Gluckman Tang as lead architects of their new museum planned for the town of North Adams, Massachusetts, reports the Berkshire Eagle.

Along with the change in designer comes a change in location to an 83,000-square-foot site on Christopher Columbus Drive (near contemporary art museum Mass MoCA) and a major increase in scope – while original plans called for a 45,000-square-foot museums, new figures project the building will total as much as 75,000 square feet.

Estimated to cost approximately $65 million, the project will contain the hybrid programming of model train dioramas and architectural models and artworks. In points, the two seemingly disparate galleries will collide, with scale trains moving through architectural environments created by architects including Gehry and Zaha Hadid.


Guggenheim Bilbao. Photograph by <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosreusser/2529458249/in/photolist-4Rw8P8-bqB77o-B284X-bm4iCT-qoC7s-4RAhf7-zwEd9-3gB5hg-6UanLf-bmgFbg-B27VW-5PFUQS-bmfRir-5owbLU-8htKfk-4RAbW3-hXMLs-4Y1v9Z-Hwhfb-e9nDYX-bmgKeR-6xR1Ws-bmgTvn-Dj9d9-7vepYY-dchMtH-3XSbNn-djuw8G-oWWLT5-owtHrp-4Rwfoc-6KMF6X-4RAQ2j-4Rwauz-dchJAT-HwiDf-6L6XGP-65V7BT-2HpBFn-dR93jv-4Rw9mP-47haJx-oLXuxh-bmcQpB-nNxbrR-mFy4i-djuwyS-owtae9-4RAg6J-dchQrB'>Flickr user carlosreusser</a>. Image in the public domain

Guggenheim Bilbao. Photograph by <a href='http://https://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosreusser/2529458249/in/photolist-4Rw8P8-bqB77o-B284X-bm4iCT-qoC7s-4RAhf7-zwEd9-3gB5hg-6UanLf-bmgFbg-B27VW-5PFUQS-bmfRir-5owbLU-8htKfk-4RAbW3-hXMLs-4Y1v9Z-Hwhfb-e9nDYX-bmgKeR-6xR1Ws-bmgTvn-Dj9d9-7vepYY-dchMtH-3XSbNn-djuw8G-oWWLT5-owtHrp-4Rwfoc-6KMF6X-4RAQ2j-4Rwauz-dchJAT-HwiDf-6L6XGP-65V7BT-2HpBFn-dR93jv-4Rw9mP-47haJx-oLXuxh-bmcQpB-nNxbrR-mFy4i-djuwyS-owtae9-4RAg6J-dchQrB'>Flickr user carlosreusser</a>. Image in the public domain

The appointment was made by museum director Thomas Krens, the visionary behind Mass MoCA and former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The partnership is a familiar one – Krens and Gehry have collaborated four times previously including the development of the Guggenheim Bilbao in 1997.

Krens is also partially responsible for several other notable projects currently planned for North Adams, including the Gluckman Tang-designed 160,000-square-foot Global Contemporary Art Museum (GCAM) and a city masterplan by Jean Nouvel.

News via Berkshire EagleArchitect’s Newspaper.

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