Located under the Highline, NY, in a currently gloomy and uninviting niche, the temporary art exhibit attempts to enhance the urban fabric and provide a new architectural event open to the public, that stands out through contrast and a sense of lightness.
The exterior art gallery is conceived as a cocoon that would detach the viewer from the exterior world, where the only intruding elements of the city are the steel columns of the Highline. Highly contrasting to the existing urban vocabulary, the frame of the structure is composed of rounded curves that give the space a sense of enclosure and safety, inviting the passers-by to pause and enter an ephemeral world to admire the art work.
The structure is built by using only four types of glulam beams that connect in three different ways. The side walls and the small curved elements pivot around a central point to create incremental transitions that play with the reflections of daylight. The central area starts at a height of 20”, and gradually increases to 36”,creating a seating area that becomes a social gathering space. The same elements are attached to the side walls, but at a more dominant height, to present art work from a more unique angle.
Status: Competition Entry
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