Paul Kasmin has opened his fourth gallery in Chelsea – a new flagship space located along the High Line in the heart of New York’s gallery district. studioMDA has a long history of collaboration with Kasmin, having designed two of his other gallery spaces, numerous exhibitions, and its art fair booths.
In designing Kasmin, studioMDA has created a purpose-built gallery that acts as a Kunsthalle for displaying and viewing art with maximum spatial flexibility and daylight. The one-story building’s roof features a green scape that functions as a sculpture garden.
The main exhibition area—designed for large-scale artworks—is a column-free, 3,000-square-foot space, with 22-foot-high walls, and a polished concrete floor. The ceiling in this main space is a pattern of 28 trapezoidal board-formed concrete coffers, each of which houses a large skylight that provides diffused natural daylight into the art space. The ceiling grid of the super waffle structure allows maximum flexibility to subdivide the space.
The building is topped by a landscaped roof, which sits on the rigorous skylight grid. The design of the roof extends the visual plane of the High Line, creating a unique sculpture garden visible to the promenade’s six million annual visitors. The undulating form, designed by Future Green, provides soil depth for plants that will naturally change colors throughout the seasons. Platforms between the plants host sculptures that rotate with the gallery’s program.
The façade, like the skylights, has an angled form. Cast in white concrete with a wood texture, it contrasts the adjacent High Line Nine’s brutalist bronze facade, also designed by studioMDA. The large glass storefront, a distinctive studioMDA featured throughout multiple Kasmin galleries, opens the gallery up to the public.
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit: Markus Dochantschi, Maria Vlagoidou, Caitlin McCabe, Katerina Paitazoglou, Yeonseo Cho, Daniela Gonzalez
Consultants: Landscape Designer: Future Green Studio (Aaron Booher, Lois Farningham, David Seiter)
Architectural Concrete Consultants: Reg Hough Associates (Kenneth Miller, Michael Perna)