Field Trip Fridays – Richard Meier Model Museum

This week’s Field Trip Friday brings us to a warehouse in Long Island City, the location of architect Richard Meier’s Model Museum.  OHNY staff had a chance to tour the museum in July and take a self-guided tour.

The museum of Meier’s work opened in May of 2007 for what was intended to be a limited four month exhibition. However, the popularity of the space among architects, students and art & design enthusiasts allowed it to become a seasonal exhibition, open during the warmer months of the year. Unfortunately, the impact of cold weather on the models prevents the space from being open year-round, but they did participate in our recent OHNY Weekend this past October.

The models, created during the architect’s 40-year career, cover an area of 3,600 square feet and feature designs from throughout his career, including the first model for his Smith House in Connecticut, as well as sculpture and furniture prototypes. The space also houses large scale models of the Getty Center, a museum that is arguably his most ambitious project. Meier is widely known for his museum designs, so visiting a museum of his work somehow seemed to bring his career full circle.  The clean lines and white walls of the minimal exhibit space emphasize the architect’s work in a unique way and make his models appear particularly elegant. One can visualize these buildings in their final constructed forms.

Richard Meier Model Museum
5-22 46th Avenue, Queens, NY


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