For its 50th anniversary year, the Museum of Modern Art embarked on a major expansion consisting of the renovation of existing spaces, the addition of a new wing, and the construction of a residential tower using the air rights over the new galleries. The 56-story Museum Tower was built as a revenue-producing element to support the Museum’s operating expenses. The concrete-frame tower features a multi-colored glass curtain wall with patterned mullions, tinted vision glass and eleven shades of spandrel glass. Its elevations are suited to the urban context in color, pattern and scale.
In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art Expansion and Renovation received a Restoration and Expansion Award from the Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater New York, Inc. In 1985, the Project was recognized with an Award from the Urban Land Institute. In 1988, it received an Excellence in Design Award from the New York State Society of Architects.