We design the way art is heard

Aspirations for the newly expanded MoMA was achieved through a marriage of science and art, with Cerami’s acoustic engineers and audiovisual consultants making sure that things sound as good as they look. Upon entry you will notice the stunning Blade Stair, the signature circulation centerpiece connecting the old space to the new. Cerami performed a series of detailed acoustical analysis to determine the optimum amount of acoustical absorption that would satisfy design objectives, landing on floor-to-ceiling wood-paneled walls, speckled with millions of barely detectable micro-perforations that absorb sound like a sponge and keep noise from spilling out to the galleries – aligning the sound with the sleek beauty of the design.

Signature Solution: At the heart of the new space is the Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Studio, the world’s first dedicated space for performance, process and time-based art within a museum. Challenged with how to design the Studio to be impervious to NYC’s bustling 53rd Street and ensure its adaptability for an expansive variety of uses, Cerami brought this design challenge into their Immersive Studio so that the MoMA creative team could experience the experience before it was built. Through virtual simulations and numerous iterations, Cerami’s solution was a floating gallery with tilting walls, adjustable banners that can alter the acoustics, and an isolated secondary curtain wall engineered so guests will never know they are in midtown Manhattan. This silence is part of the gallery experience, art you can’t touch, but you can sense; a blank canvas to be transformed with each installation.


Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Gensler


“… one of the most elegant acoustic measures I have ever seen.”
– Wall Street Journal