The program outlines the private and public realm of art making : the private realm of the artist’s unique creative process, the research, production and storage of the artwork and the public realm of reception and viewing. Located amidst the exciting Red Hook area of Brooklyn, the neighborhood is bursting with artistic creativity and youthful energy, housed in a warehouse anchoring the Hudson River’s loading docks.
Similar to the Chinese chess game of “Go”, the first architectural move initiates the project’s strategy: At the North-West corner, a two story architectural object fronted by a grand staircase is positioned to divide the 13,000 sq.ft. space into four quadrants; gallery, reception, work area, and storage.
The object “intervention” creates wall space for the public viewing of artwork while encasing the artist’s exact and meticulous production sequence. In keeping with the minimalist strategy, the wall enclosures are perceived as intersecting vertical planes which, not only provide a contrast with the existing industrial columns and concrete floor, but also reflect and magnify the filtered daylight through the new skylights.
Architect: Paul CHA, Sayoko Takahashi & Cheng-Ling Lin
Year of completion: 2012
Area: 13,000 SF