This 30,000 sf gallery for contemporary art is located in West Chelsea, along the High Line. The neighborhood’s industrial heritage inspired the simplicity and monumentality of the building’s design which echoes the disciplined forms of surrounding warehouse buildings. Made from exposed concrete, the façade is both rough and refined—having the grittiness to resonate with industrial structures but also the elegance and craftsmanship to create a unique and refined identity for the gallery. On the ground floor, a sliding teak storefront system allows the base of the building to open for art access. Teak, which is also used for the window frames on upper floors, creates a warm contrast to the rough texture and cool tones of the board formed concrete.
Built to museum standards, the building is specifically designed to accommodate large installations and exhibitions of works by estate artists. On the ground floor, the main exhibition space is an expansive 5,000 sf column-free gallery with an 18’-6” ceiling. Concrete floors bring an industrial sensibility to the space, along with four north-facing sawtooth skylights. Public exhibition space continues on the second floor with a very different environment: a 2,000 sf space with 14’ ceilings and white oak floors. Unlike the skylit ground floor, second floor galleries are lit naturally from the side by a series of large windows. Levels three, four, and five contain the gallery’s private functions such as viewing rooms, offices, library, staff lounge and art handling areas.
The building sets a new environmental standard for art-related facilities as the first LEED certified commercial art gallery in the U.S. The LEED Gold design incorporates environmentally-conscious strategies such as five green roof spaces, premium efficiency mechanical and lighting, maximized daylighting, and locally and responsibly-sourced materials.