Cold Spring Whaling Museum

Expansion of the Maritime Museum

Our conceptual design for the Whaling Museum expansion starts with its whale skeleton. Its proportions inform the design of the Exhibition Hall. It also provides a dramatic focal point where two new galleries intersect.

Understanding the museum’s needs and its existing historic structures was imperative. The design not only increases the internal space but provides energizing outdoor spaces with potential for exhibitions and events. Visitors are welcomed through a new entrance with a grand scale glass wall. It’s visible from the road to add grandeur and intrigue.

Arch Historical Context
Arch Inspiration
Arch Expansion Roof Plan

New structures nestle among existing buildings. Construction qualities of the whaling period are captured through the choice of design and materials. Post and beam construction. Simple proportions. Heavy timber frame buildings. These were reminiscent of the whaler’s countries of origin. Of course, cost and build ability are key factors too. The design avoids duplicating expenses. For example, by maintaining the bathroom locations.

Structure Load Path Concept
Arch Expansion Elevation
Arch Expansion Elevation

The result is a space that celebrates a period of history whilst preparing for its rousing future. Robust, pragmatic, yet adventurous.

Arch Interior Rendering
  • Services

    • Architecture
    • Structural Engineering
    • Enclosure Engineering
  • Location

    Cold Spring Harbor,NY

  • Status


  • Client

    The Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Habor

  • Team

    • Andrés Cortés, AIA
    • Sarrah Khan, PE
    • Wanlapa Frey
    • Tyler Javit
    • Ali Molaei

Discover our unique approach to
pushing the boundary of structures.

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Tel: (212) 203-0265

Agencie Architecture + Engineering P.C.
 55 Bethune #1801
 New York, NY 10014

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