Q: Who is designing the Frick’s upgrade and expansion?

After an eighteen-month search and selection process, the Frick has named the New York–based firm Selldorf Architects as lead architect to design its upgrade and expansion. Led by principal Annabelle Selldorf, the firm is recognized for its elegant and innovative designs, which honor an institution’s legacy and original architectural character while integrating needed amenities for contemporary audiences.

Q: Why did the Frick select Selldorf Architects?

The firm distinguished itself throughout the architect selection process by its creativity, vision, and approach to the Frick project—one that is perfectly attuned to the institution’s dual commitment to preserving the intimate scale and character of its galleries and to upgrading its facilities so that it can better serve its audiences and better care for its collections.

Q Who is serving as the executive architect for the project?

A In the Spring of 2017, Beyer Blinder Belle was selected to serve as the executive architect on the Frick’s upgrade and expansion. The firm will provide technical support to help realize the design plan being developed by Selldorf Architects. Beyer Blinder Belle is acclaimed for revitalizing the facilities of some of America’s most iconic public buildings and cultural institutions, and are known for their deep experience in restoration. Past projects in New York City include The Met Breuer; South Street Seaport Museum; Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration; Grand Central Terminal; Empire State Building; New York City Hall; and Temple Emanu-el; as well as the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Q: What does the expansion encompass?

Key components of the enhancement and expansion project include the creation of new gallery space for special exhibitions; the opening-up of existing space previously inaccessible to the public (including a suite of rooms on second floor); new purpose-built facilities for public and educational programs; reconfiguration and upgrade of visitor amenities; creation of a state-of-the-art conservation lab; and improvements to the research library that will connect it to the museum. The project will not build on the gardens.

Q: Is there an architectural rendering or design plan yet? What is the expected project timeline?

The design is currently being developed by Selldorf Architects in close consultation with Frick leadership. We expect to share plans sometime during the early spring of 2018 and will then have more information about the project timeline.