Art Collections Center, New York, USA, 2015

The Art Collections Center houses the storage of a renowned collection of modern and contemporary art. Currently dispersed across multiple locations, the Collections Center will be the hub for administrative and exhibition related activities from conservation and storage to exhibition mock-ups and research. Located in New York’s East Harlem, the Center is an active collaborator in the area’s changing economic, social and cultural context.

SOIL developed three design approaches that investigate how the building could be a tool for learning. Each organization conditions a different form of institutional interaction between the collection, staff and community. In addition to complex environmental, security and climate requirements for the protection and maintenance of the collection, the Center integrates both open and private spaces for staff with a flexible and dynamic public forum.

Client
Undisclosed

Location
New York, USA

Program
Art storage, exhibition staging, public plaza

Area
16.700 m² / 180,000 sf

Status
Competition, 2015

Team
Jing Liu, Florian Idenburg, Ilias Papageorgiou, Ted Baab, Nazanin Nayini, Kerim Miskavi, Lucie Rebeyrol, Pietro Pagliaro, David Hecht, Yuko Sono, Bryson Armstrong

Art Collections Center, three design approaches
Art Collections Center, sketch 1: context model
Art Collections Center, sketch 1: section model
Art Collections Center, sketch 1: program diagram
Art Collections Center, sketch 1: circulation diagram
Art Collections Center, sketch 2: context model
Art Collections Center, sketch 2: section model
Art Collections Center, sketch 2: program diagram
Art Collections Center, sketch 2: circulation diagram
Art Collections Center, sketch 3: context model
Art Collections Center, sketch 3: section model
Art Collections Center, sketch 3: program diagram
Art Collections Center, sketch 3: circulation diagram