Architecture company FXFOWLE has unveiled plans to build a new $70m museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in the US.

Plans for the new 26,000ft2 building have been released by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) and the National Park Service/US Department of the Interior. Exhibitions are being created by ESI Design, while Phelps Construction Group will be responsible for construction.

Expected to open to the public in 2019, the building will serve as a vital part of a beautification plan, which also includes landscaping and lighting. The existing Statue of Liberty Museum is located inside the monument and is only accessible to a small number of visitors.

"The building's angular forms and spaces are shaped by its views and the irregularity of the water's edge, celebrating liberty."

SOLEIF's president and CEO Stephen Briganti said: "The Statue of Liberty is not just one of the most recognised monuments in the world, but an international symbol of hope that deserves to have her story shared with everyone who visits Liberty Island.”

As part of the project, a magnificent mural will be created at the museum's entrance and each of the fifty Liberty Stars will be sculpted into a mural crafted from the original hand-forged iron bars. The museum will feature a green roof-scape and bird-safe glass exteriors, while its interior and exterior spaces will be built with the materials native to Liberty Island. It will be built to withstand hurricane force winds.

FXFOWLE's partner and project designer Nicholas Garrison said: "From the start, the design of the Statue of Liberty Museum was conceived as an extension of the park.

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“The island's landscape is lifted and merged with the architecture to create space for the Museum in a new geology. The building's angular forms and spaces are shaped by its views and the irregularity of the water's edge, celebrating liberty."

Image: Liberty Island. Photo: courtesy of National Park Service.