Maujer Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2015
Maujer is a non-commercial art space located in an industrial Brooklyn neighborhood. It consists of artists’ studios, exhibition and multimedia project spaces, along with storage and exhibition spaces for a private collection.
Visually and spatially marked by its industrial past, This concrete volume is an exploration in soft form. We use a cluster of shells to diffuse an exterior presence and shape the building’s interior, and the way light enters the art spaces..
The self-supporting geometry of these shells exists in tension with programming, light, and circulation. Constant calibration of these constraints informs the contours of the building. Apertures in the shells capture and carry natural light into a nearly edge-less interior to challenge the perception of a defined space.
The building is organised around a large, double high gallery space. A dramatic staircase brings visitors up to the second floor, where a ring of galleries is organized around a roof terrace.
Edges and seams slip in and out of appearance across the building’s exterior. The building’s suppleness and muted palette throughout play with ambiguity and legibility; neither monumental nor prosaic, instead it entices.