Located in New York's Chelsea, the 10,000 square foot building for the Marianne Boesky Gallery features two floors of gallery space, art preparation facilities and administration offices.
Deborah Berke Partners designed the building's uniquely asymmetrical facade in response to the building's adjacency to the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad that is one of the city’s most popular public parks. The shared property line mandates a setback at the second floor of the building, which allows the gallery to both relate to and distinguish itself from the greenway.
The exterior's glazed white brick is supplemented by materials that are at home among the old warehouses, garages, and the elevated railroad that lend the neighborhood its industrial character. The new building avoids using materials that might appear nostalgic or unauthentic for a new structure, however. For example, the building’s brick is an updated, elegantly finished version of standard brick. Deborah Berke Partners complemented the brick with corrugated metal siding that has an unusually fine and delicate pattern and concrete featuring a smooth, ground face that lends subtle nuance to the inexpensive material.
The gallery's interior spaces are arranged in sequence to create a rich experience of discovery. From the entrance, a generous entry hall leads past the reception area and a private viewing room to the first gallery. Beyond, the building opens to the main gallery, which measures 28 feet by 57 feet and has an 18-foot ceiling. Three large north-facing skylights bring natural light into the dramatic space.