Project: "The Statue of Liberty Museum"
Designer(s): FXFOWLE and Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, United States
Category: Architecture Categories, Professional
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Entry Description: From the outset, the museum was conceived as an extension of the park. The design harmonizes and adds to the experience of all visitors to the island, preserving spectacular views to Manhattan, and engaging the park’s axial formality. The design merges landscape and building. The park is lifted, creating a new, naturalized habitat above. Below, the museum forms a new geology, revealing a sparkling vitrine for its showpiece: the statue’s original torch. Steps engage and activate the large, circular plaza. They provide sitting, climbing, and viewing spaces. The roof terrace echoes the promenade atop Fort Wood, affording spectacular panoramas of the island, the harbor, and the city. The project’s angular plan and spaces are shaped by view corridors and the irregularity of the water’s edge. The fort turns inward: it is defensive, dark, and solid. The museum is its opposite and its axial bookend; it radiates outward, celebrating Liberty.

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