A sculpture-collecting couple, who had hired Gluckman Tang Architects in 2004 to design a viewing pavilion on their Bridgehampton property to showcase their works by Isamu Noguchi, decided they needed a second building to display sculpture and drawings by Walter De Maria. The new pavilion, also designed by Gluckman Tang, has just won a prestigious Architizer A+ award.
The new pavilion, set inside a walled cutting garden, is surrounded by indigenous plantings: red cedars, bayberry, swamp white oaks and meadow grasses. Minimalist De Maria was known for bringing components of nature into gallery spaces, and this design reflects that.
The brick facade of the pavilion references the 1920s garden wall, but the dark gray color relates to the dark granite of “Large Grey Sphere,” a 32-ton sculpture set in the landscape.
The minimalist 1600 square foot gallery’s interior is concrete, lit during the day by a skylight and wall of windows. Special glazing as well as shades and linen scrim protect the art. During the evening, lights above the scrim illuminate the art.
Congratulations to Gluckman Tang for the award!