The New Museum of Contemporary Art is a seven-story structure located at 235 Bowery between Stanton and Rivington Streets, at the origin of Prince Street in New York City. Amidst a cluster of relatively small and midsized buildings of varying types and uses, the New Museum rises 174 feet above street level with seven rectangular boxes stacked according to the anticipated needs and circulation patterns of building users.
Sejima and Nishizawa have said," it was complicated to organize the architecture around all of the desires. We knew we could not maximize the entire site with solid architecture, we had to reduce the building's mass somehow to create space between it and the perimeter. The solution of the shifted boxes arrived quickly and intuitively. Then through trial and error we arrived at the final, ideal configuration. Now we have a building that meets the city, allows natural light inside, gives the Museum flexible column-free galleries, and expresses the program and people inside to the world of New York outside.:
-- information from http://www.newmuseum.org/about/new_building/