Late last week, Docomomo US sent a letter to the Albright Knox Art Gallery to share our concern for the recently released campus expansion concept design. The proposed concept appears to destroy character-defining elements of the Albright Knox Art Gallery including partial demolition of the significant 1962 addition by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Docomomo US became aware of the concept design announcement following a number of media reports and local concern about the proposal. The campus development project, named AK360 and released concept design images and details can be found on the Albright Knox Art Gallery website.
Docomomo US will continue to support local preservation efforts and monitor the issue.
OMA's Albright-Knox proposal undoes the work of Buffalo's most famous architect: June 27, 2017 - Mark Hogan/Curbed
Preservation Board flags Albright-Knox expansion plans: June 30, 2017 - Colin Dabkowski/The Buffalo News
Will preservationists again change the course of Albright-Knox expansion?: July 7, 2017 - Colin Dabkowski/The Buffalo News
A Modernist Masterpiece, Under Fire in Buffalo: July 7, 2017 - Mark Byrnes/CitiLab