New York, N.Y.


Taniguchi and Associates, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates P.C.

Stone type

Nero Assoluto Zimbabwe

MoMA: “an almost perfect museum”.

With these simple words from architect Taniguchi, we tell you about our contribution to expand the building that is emblem of modern and contemporary art.

Our project has been compared to an urban planning intervention for its ability to intersect the various components of the museum, seen as complex organism similar to the city.

Our engineers, specifically for this project, developed a computer numerical control machine to ensure an utmost precision in installing the slabs.

The challenge, however, was not over: Nero Zimbabwe granite, used for interiors and exteriors, should not have had any particular kind of reflection, all the giant slabs used had to respond in the same way to the different sources of lighting (natural and artificial) whilst maintaining the black depth and intensity.

With this in mind, we developed a finishing and polishing technique aimed to guarantee such result.

Why “almost perfect”? According to the Japanese architect, the beauty of a work it is also revealed through its incompleteness by stating “Without works of art, the museum architecture should look incomplete. If this shows to be complete, then it is a rather shoddy museum”.

Thank you for this lesson, Maestro.