Eager to get its 175,000-square-foot expansion back on track, the Peabody Essex Museum has selected Ennead Architects to design the project. The New York firm comes fresh off its acclaimed expansion and renovation of the Yale University Art Gallery.
Ennead replaces Rick Mather Associates, the small London-based firm PEM had originally hired to do the job. Mather’s illness less than a year after expansion plans were announced and his death earlier this year were factors in PEM’s completion schedule being pushed back three years, and led to the museum cutting ties and recruiting a handful of other firms, including Ennead, to apply to take over the design. The expansion will add galleries, education spaces, and a new restaurant.