Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden East and West Reflecting Pools


Throughout its 75 year history, The Museum of Modern Art has undergone numerous renovations. None has been as extensive or ambitious as the renovation project consisting of 630,000 square feet of new and redesigned space completed in 2005/6. The project served to nearly double the exhibition and program space across its two buildings. Among the most distinctive features of the “new” MoMA is the expanded Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden originally designed by Philip Johnson. Framed by The Peggy and David Rockefeller Building to the west and The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building to the east, the sculptures, fountains, pools, and works of art present in these gardens invite and welcome museum visitors from around the globe.

Kohler Ronan was among the engineers, architects, and designers commissioned to work on this impressive renovation project. Specifically, our firm’s extensive electrical and plumbing knowledge was utilized in the design of the reflecting pools at the east and west wings of the sculpture garden. Our design included fountain supply and return piping systems, drain systems, vacuum systems, and lighting and power coordination. The atmosphere and effect created by these reflecting pools is truly unique and continues to serve as a perfect home to the museums much loved Summergarden musical concert series.


ARCHITECTKohn Pedersen Fox
SIZE18,400 square feet
COST$1.5 million