Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Richard Meier Model Museum in Long Island City Reopens

New York, NY – May 13, 2011 –Richard Meier & Partners is pleased to announce the anticipated reopening of the Richard Meier Model Museum in Long Island City on Friday, May 13, 2011.  Offering a rare glimpse into the process behind his distinguished 40-year career as an architect, Mr. Meier is once again unveiling his vast breadth of works to the public for its fifth consecutive season.

The space occupies 3600-square feet and features works from the 1960’s to the present. Most prominent in the museum are large scale presentation models and study models of the Getty Center in Los Angeles, an institution widely regarded as Mr. Meier’s most ambitious project and one that required fifteen years to complete. The collection also includes the first model for the Smith House in Connecticut, one of the early works that established Mr. Meier’s reputation, a series of un-built projects such as a 2002 design for the World Trade Center Memorial Square in New York, prototypes for furniture and product design as well as collages and sculptures composed of wax elements, architectural model pieces and stainless steel.

Visitors were first invited into the space informally in May 2007. Attendance at the museum during its initial four month opening was so robust that its doors have been opened every season there afterward.  The space has welcomed a diverse audience of students, practicing architects, and art and design enthusiasts. Visitors to the space are welcome on Fridays beginning May 13, 2011 through August 19, 2011, from 10am to 5pm. Tours of the gallery are by appointment only and last approximately 45 minutes. Appointments can be made through Richard Meier & Partners Architects: The model museum is closed to the public during the winter months due to the climate’s impact on the models.

About Richard Meier & Partners Architects
For over four decades, Richard Meier & Partners has been appointed to create important public and private buildings. Led by the Pritzker-Prize winning architect, our projects have received 30 National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects and over 50 from the New York AIA and other regional chapters. The firm is well known for the The Getty Center in Los Angeles, Federal Courthouses on Long Island and in Phoenix, the Jubilee Church in Rome, and the iconic Charles and Perry Street Towers in New York City. We have produced important office buildings and headquarters in the United States and across Europe for companies like Canal+, Siemens, KNP, Daimler Benz, Olivetti, Renault, and SwissAir. We have built almost 20 museums, including the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and The Burda and Arp Museums in Germany. We currently have projects underway in the US, Central America, Europe, and Asia, as well as a large residential tower in the heart of Tel Aviv, Israel. Most recently we have been awarded the Edie & Lew Wasserman Eye Research Center at UCLA and the master plan Capitol Project in Singapore.

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