Richard Meier & Partners announced this week the anticipated reopening of the Richard Meier Model Museum in Long Island City. 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. The model museum is closed to the public during the winter months due to the climate’s impact on the models.