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New York-based design office SO-IL has revealed plans for ‘artes amant’ — a concrete art gallery to be built in an industrial Brooklyn neighborhood. The complex, which also contains artist studios, is defined by its unorthodox construction, a design which that architects refer to as ‘an exploration in soft form’.
img.1View towards terrace
Within the design, a cluster of ‘shells’ acts to diffuse an exterior presence and consequently shapes the building’s interior. ‘The self-supporting geometry of these shells exists in tension with programming, light, and circulation’, explains SO-IL. ‘The constant calibration of these constraints inform the contours of the building.’
Carefully positioned apertures carry natural light into a nearly edgeless interior, challenging the perception of a rigidly defined space. The building’s exterior is characterized by edges and seams that slip in and out of appearance. The project’s muted palette continues the play between ambiguity and legibility, with an enticing pale concrete façade that engages with the existing urban fabric.
location: brooklyn, new york, USA
program: gallery, artist studiosarea: 1,320 sqm / 14,250 sqf
status: construction documents; expected 2017
team: florian idenburg, jing liu, ilias papageorgiou, kevin lamyuktseung, kerim miskavi, ted baab, lucie rebeyrol, pietro pagliaro, hannes kalau vom hofe, john chow
collaborators: architect of record: andrew reyniakstructural: schlaich bergermann und partnerMEP: altieri sebor wieber LLC consulting engineerslighting: renfro design groupcladding consultant: simpson gumpertz & hegerenvelope
consultant: certain measurescivil: PW grosserexpediter: j. callahan consulting, inc.concrete: reginald hough associatesgeotechnical: langan engineeringacoustics / AV: harvey marshall berling associates