Rem Koolhaas has been invited by Kentucky developers and collectors of contemporary art to design the so-called Museum Square in downtown Louisville.
There is planned a museum with an area of "seven basketball courts", which will show temporary exhibitions from other cities and part of the collection of the local museum of fine arts, a 26-storey tower and the square itself - an open space raised above street level, which should connect new buildings with the surrounding city neighborhoods and parks. This project is planned to be completed in two and a half years, and a detailed plan should be ready by the end of 2005.
At the same time, it was announced that the board of trustees of the Parrish Museum of Art in Southampton, New York, had selected the Swiss bureau Herzog & de Meuron to construct the new museum building. On a 5.6 hectare site, two miles from the old complex, a new structure will appear with a usable area of 7,400 sq. m, of which 1300 sq. m - galleries.
Today, the Parrish Museum has only 1580 sq. m, so its significant collection of works by American Impressionists, as well as outstanding artists of the 20th century, such as Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning, is hardly accessible to visitors.