2015 Mar 19

Corning Museum of Glass North Wing Debuts

Courtesy of James Ewing Photography/OTTO

Reed Hilderbrand is pleased to announce the opening of the Corning Museum of Glass North Wing expansion, which will debut this Saturday, March 21, 2015. Designed by architects Thomas Phifer and Partners, the North Wing expands the Museum’s exhibition galleries to accommodate contemporary art works of glass created over the past twenty-five years. The $64-million expansion, fully funded by Corning Incorporated, creates a 100,000-square-foot addition, which includes a 26,000-square-foot gallery space and a 500-seat live glass demonstration facility. The new wing provides visitors with an inspiring, day-lit environment in which to experience contemporary art and design in glass. The wing’s inaugural installations feature 117 works from the Museum’s permanent collection. More than 30 of these works have never before been on public display.

Courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass

Reed Hilderbrand and Phifer Partners created a master plan for whole of the Corning campus, extensively re-working visitor experience to facilitate tourists arriving by bus from New York City and Niagara Falls. Forthcoming landscape architecture on the site will feature a one-acre terraced lawn on the site of a former parking lot. Shade and light filtering through a new community of canopy trees will reflect in the opaque glass facade of Phifer’s North Wing.