The invited Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi doubled the exhibition space, extended the garden area, and added an atrium. Along with this, he created the quintessence of minimalism. According to MOMA Director Glenn D. Lowry, you shouldn't make a museum building too original so that it overshadows the exhibits. Therefore, the new MOMA uses neutral, but at the same time elegant materials: anodized aluminum, translucent milky glass covering the old parts of the building, black granite and gray glass.
The design itself, despite being consistent with the various needs of the museum, boils down to a series of traditional exhibition "boxes" that do not distract the viewer from viewing the collections.
At the same time, in order to connect the old and new parts of the building, it was necessary to "cut" a corridor through the 54-storey residential building, and in order to preserve the view of the church of St. Thomas from 54th Street - change the project and make a gap in the volume of the building.