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The Modern at MoMA. Project Architect with partners Dr. Paul Bentel FAIA + Peter Bentel AIA, 2004.

THE MODERN is a 330-seat ground floor restaurant with views to the MoMA sculpture garden. It includes the “Barr” room, named after MoMA’s first director, and a private dining room. The new facility is located within the original museum building by Edward Durell Stone and Philip Goodwin, the adjacent museum annex by Philip Johnson and in a portion of the new museum facility designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. At the intersection of these various buildings, the restaurant was conceived as a layered environment defined by ceilings and floors, rather than walls, which stitches itself into the fabric of the new museum. It involved the insertion of sinuous lighted glass walls that both bind the spaces straddling different building areas and separate the components of bar, casual dining and fine dining with gauzy veils of light. The restaurant includes a custom wine rack, bar and custom seating executed in rich materials.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA, FAAR '94, LEED AP / Liberal Arts, 1979