Art + Architecture

Dia: Beacon
Beacon, NY
292,000 SF

A 292,000 square-foot Nabisco box factory was converted into a museum of modern art for the Dia Center for the Arts. Design and construction spanned four years, and the museum opened in May 2003. The project is the first major public building for art, with Galia Solomonoff as a partner-in-charge.

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Akron University
Permanent Art Installation

Akron, OH
10,000 SF

Artist Fabian Marcaccio was commissioned to install a permanent piece of his work in a new building at Akron University in Akron, Ohio. The work, a 300 linear foot “paintant”, included both hand and computer fabricated components.

SAS was retained to develop and assist in the technical and installation logistics of this ambitious piece. Coordination between local architects in Ohio, university officials, and fabricators in New York was required, allowing the large piece to be seamlessly integrated into the new university building.

80 Arts

Brooklyn, NY
35,000 SF

The Brooklyn Academy of Music Local Development Corporation (BAM LDC) retained OpenOffice to convert an existing 8-story laboratory building into an office building for non-profit arts organizations, including offices for BAM LDC. The project includes ground floor gathering spaces, a garden, and mid-building conference spaces available for public use, encouraging synergetic interactions among building tenants and the community-at-large.

BOB Pavilion
Installation with Liam Gillick & Columbia Students

New York, NY

BOB, the pavilion is the result of a pedagogical experiment involving graduate art and architecture students at Columbia University. Professors Galia Solomonoff (GSAPP), Nathan Carter (GSAPP), and Liam Gillick (SoA) engaged a team from the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation, and Planning (GSAPP), and the School of the Arts (SoA) to produce a communal space. The outcome was an inflatable cloud above a public bathroom and forum that opened on June 1, and will operate until July 25, 2011. The pavilion is located in the courtyard behind Avery Hall, which houses Columbia’s architecture school.

Bravin Lee Projects Gallery
New York, NY
1,500 SF

Chelsea Loft
New York, NY
2,000 SF

A former fur factory loft was converted into a 2,000 square-foot artist’s studio and residence. The client had one firm request: He wanted to look at his paintings in the studio while bathing and relaxing.

The 44-by 48-foot space was divided in half by a new wall, creating a work studio and a living space. A large section of the dividing wall pivots to blur the boundary between living and working when desired. Along one wall, a raised platform compactly accommodates a bedroom, bath, and storage overlooking the generous living room and the artist’s studio along the opposite wall. The space is fitted with off-the-shelf industrial materials including storefront glazing, prefabricated stairs, appliances, and prefabricated storage cabinets. All of the elements were selected to achieve a useful but relaxed contemporary living and working atmosphere.

Gorney Bravin + Lee Gallery
New York, NY
6,000 SF

This project was commissioned by Gorney Bravin + Lee Gallery for a space in an existing three-bay-wide storefront space with limited natural light sources in Chelsea. The program required a 4,000 square-foot main gallery, a smaller project gallery, viewing room, and separate offices for the three art dealers/owners who wished to retain a sense of independent domain.

To accommodate a variety of art installations, two distinct gallery types were created: one small and intimate, the other large and open. The plan was organized around a centralized gallery with offices and supporting rooms on the periphery each naturally lit by different means. The main gallery is illuminated by a disciplined lighting scheme and features a rough concrete floor with smooth brushed aluminum baseboard.

Greenwich Studio
New York, NY

Greenwich Village Townhouse
New York, NY
4,400 SF

Wishing to accommodate a growing family and to display a robust modern art collection, the clients retained SAS to design new residential space in an existing nationally-landmarked Greenwich Village townhouse, a Greek style Revival building constructed in 1868.

The house hosts several site-specific art installations, most notably the stainless steel cube by Rirkrit Tiravanija and the ground-to-first-floor stairs by Jim Lambie.

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MALBA Installation
Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

In collaboration with artist Fabian Marcaccio, SAS was asked to develop the armature for the installation of a commissioned outdoor art work exhibited at the Museo De Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA).

Our responsibilities included the formal and constructional methods for achieving the artist’s desired fabrication and installation of his work. The piece was largely created in New York and shipped to Buenos Aires where it was finished and exhibited.

Riverside Park
Artist’s Installation

New York, NY

Tillary St Gallery + Speakeasy
New York, NY
10,000 SF

Union St. Studio + Residence
Brooklyn, NY
1,700 SF

SAS has recently completed this project located in the Gowanus Canal neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, where a small two story brick building at the rear of a long and narrow property is set back 65 feet from the street. The clients retained SAS to renovate the existing brick building into a single family residence and to build a small slab-on-grade photography studio at the front end of the property.

The proud but modest existing brick building, possessing sturdy proportions of comfort and ease, served as a compass throughout the design of both buildings. The interior spaces of the existing house were carefully reconfigured to the clients’ needs.
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