When the American Folk Art Museum opened in midtown Manhattan 12 years ago, the building, with its striking faceted bronze facade, received high praise from the architecture community. But now The New York Times reports that the Museum of Modern Art, the Folk Museum's bigger, more glamorous, next-door neighbor, will demolish the now-vacant structure, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, to make way for its own expansion.
The design community, of course, has responded with outrage—not only because the Folk Art Museum is one of the most important examples of 21st century architecture, but also because the decision sends the message that buildings are disposable. But a number of designers have hope that MoMA will change its mind. There's a petition on Change.org to save the old museum, as well as a Tumblr called #FolkMoMA crowdsourcing ideas for redesigns that will keep the integrity of the building.
So, architects, get brainstorming! How do you think MoMA should incorporate the Folk Art Museum's facade into its expansion?