Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron

The building measures nearly 27m wide and 193m long. Photo: Cully/EEFAS.

NEW YORK STATE – Nearly complete, the new Parrish Art Museum in New York state resembles a colossal, albeit minimalistic, farm house with an artistic edge.

Stretching long and lean along the ground, the building seems to hover as a longitudinal warehouse with gabled roofs. The interior program, however, is far from a farm house; it’s divided into a cluster of 10 galleries which define the museum’s core. Free-standing walls can be adapted as needed, redefining space for new exhibitions, programs or events.The new structure will replace the existing museum with more than double its current size.

On the eastern side of the galleries lie administrative offices, storage, loading dock and workshops. On the western edge are the public spaces including the lobby, shop and café. The east-west orientation is a direct reflection of the sun’s movement (skylights face the north) and generates and ever-changing perspective of surrounding land and visitors move through the galleries.

‘The exterior walls of in situ concrete act as long bookends to the overall building form, while the grand scale of these elemental walls is tempered with a continuous bench formed at its base for sitting and viewing the surrounding landscape,’ says architect Jacques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron. ‘Large overhangs running the full length of the building provide shelter for outdoor porches and terraces.’

The new Parrish Art Musuem is located in Water Mill, New York, and is set to open on 10 November.

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