The Frick Collection announced that Selldorf Architects has been selected to design a major upgrade, enhancement, and expansion of the institution’s facilities.
Originally housed primarily in the residence of Henry Clay Frick, the institution today encompasses a constellation of buildings, wings, and gardens that have been built over the course of the past century.
Working in partnership with Frick leadership and staff, Selldorf Architects is expected to develop a design plan that addresses the institution’s need to accommodate the growth of its collections and programs, upgrade its conservation and research facilities, create new galleries, and allow for dedicated spaces and classrooms for the Frick’s educational programs. The new and enhanced facilities will be created within the museum’s built footprint and are expected to be designed to foster a more natural and seamless visitor flow throughout the Frick’s exhibition galleries, library, and public spaces.
The appointment of Selldorf Architects to work with the Frick on the development of this design plan is the culmination of an 18-month process, which considered twenty architects from around the world with expertise in restoration and expansion of both historic and contemporary buildings and cultural institutions.
The New York–based firm, led by Annabelle Selldorf, was chosen by unanimous decision of the Frick’s Architectural and Long-Range-Planning Committee, chaired by Trustee Dr. James S. Reibel and including President Emerita Helen Clay Chace, great-granddaughter of the museum’s founder Henry Clay Frick. The decision was then ratified by the full board. As a next step, the Frick and Selldorf Architects are expected to develop conceptual designs for the project, with initial plans expected to be shared with the public in winter 2017–18.
Founded in 1988, Selldorf Architects’ Annabelle Selldorf was the recipient of the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award in Architecture and the 2016 American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Medal of Honor.
Photo of Annabelle Selldorf, courtesy Brigitte Lacombe.