Chipperfield’s Met wing is back on – 20 months after it was ‘paused for seven years’

The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, New York

New York institution’s new director presses play on 2015 appointment

David Chipperfield Architects is celebrating after New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it was relaunching his expansion plans – less than two years after putting them on hold.

The Met, America’s largest art museum, appointed Chipperfield in 2015 to design a new south-west wing on Fifth Avenue to house modern and contemporary art. It followed an international design competition and a year-long selection process by the museum’s trustees.

But in January last year the Met announced it was putting the $600m project on hold for “up to seven years” after being forced to make significant budget cuts. In the meantime it said it would work on the roof and skylights.

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