The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY, has now doubled in size from 50,000 to 97,700 square feet with an expansion designed by architect Thomas Leeser. The design re-imagines the ground floor of the existing City-owned building and provides a three-story addition.
"Museum of the Moving Image must be a dynamic place," says Leeser. "One of our main goals was to allow visitors to experience their movement through the building as a kind of participation in the imaginary movement of images on the screen."
The project cashes in at $67 million, including $54.7 million from the City of New York. A justified investment, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "New York has long been at the center of visual media development, so it's fitting that the nation's only institution dedicated to its exploration continues to thrive and expand in the City."
All images by Peter Aaron/Esto. Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image