The Metropolitan Museum of Art plans to undertake a multiyear redesign and renovation of its plaza on Fifth Avenue and said it had selected a landscape architecture firm, OLIN, to lead the project. In a telephone interview the Met’s director, Thomas P. Campbell, said that the need to replace the museum’s two fountains, which have been turned off for several years, led to a broader discussion of the plaza’s layout. “Obviously the front steps are one of the great gathering points in New York, but the rest of the space is perhaps less successful,” he said. Apart from the steps, he said, the rest of the space, including the fountains, would be completely rethought. He would not specify a budget but said, “Obviously, it’s going to be an expensive undertaking.” A museum trustee, David H. Koch, has pledged $10 million for the project. The Met expects to complete the renovation by 2015.

Kate Taylor
New York Times

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