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New York’s Pace Gallery to open an eight-storey contemporary art space in September

The West 25th Street art gallery will feature four galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden with killer views, a library and a flexible performance space for a new series of live events.

Pace Gallery has announced that it will open its new flagship gallery in New York in September 2019. Located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood at 540 West 25th Street, the new headquarters are being developed by Weinberg Properties and designed by Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture, in close collaboration with Pace president and CEO Marc Glimcher.

Spanning eight levels, the building has been designed as an integrated and dynamic space for artists, collectors, curators, gallery-goers and Pace’s international team alike and will encompass expansive indoor and outdoor exhibition galleries, a 10,000-volume research library, an open art storage area, and a space dedicated to new media works, performance and public programming.

“Designing this new building alongside Bonetti / Kozerski and Weinberg Properties has given our team at Pace the opportunity to approach, with fresh eyes, the question of what it means to be an art gallery in the 21st century,” said Glimcher. “It allowed us to take a nuanced look at the fundamentals of what we do, where we believe the art world is heading, and how we can create a space that will empower us to continue to serve our artists and our community to the fullest extent of our abilities and ambitions.”

The opening of the new building will mark a major milestone for Pace Gallery as it embarks on its 60th anniversary year in 2020.

More than doubling Pace’s current exhibition space in New York, the new building features four distinct galleries, including both indoor and outdoor spaces. There will be no columns in the floor plan, in an effort to keep the space as open as possible; the exterior features volcanic stone up to the sixth floor of its north façade and aluminium foam on the other three sides; and the lighting for the entire building has been designed in collaboration with Arnold Chan of London-based Isometrix Lighting Design.

“We were challenged to re-evaluate the gallery paradigm, both in terms of building and gallery design,” remarked Bonetti / Kozerski Architecture.

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All images courtesy of Bonetti Kozerski Architecture

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