Perrotin Gallery / PRO-Peterson Rich Office

Perrotin Gallery / PRO-Peterson Rich Office

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© Guillaume Ziccarelli
© Guillaume Ziccarelli

Text description provided by the architects. Peterson Rich Office’s first public art gallery – New York’s flagship for Perrotin – involves the full adaptive reuse and redesign of the Beckenstein Building. Built in 1890 and located at 130 Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, the building has moved from residential lofts to commercial use, and now functions as an open and flexible contemporary art gallery and workspace. Due to its scale and varied uses, the building functions more as an institution than a commercial art gallery.

© Eric Petschek
© Eric Petschek
© Eric Petschek
© Eric Petschek

Over the past decade, art galleries have played a central role in the changing character of the Lower East Side. There are fifteen times more galleries in the neighborhood today than ten years ago. While the vast majority of these spaces occupy small 300-500 square foot building window displays, Perrotin has the largest exhibition space, which represents a radical shift in the neighborhood from small window displays to museum-wide multi-programmed mega-galleries.

Axonometric
Axonometric
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

Although it is a private art gallery, Perrotin is a very public building – unlike many museums, it is free and open to everyone. A radical transformation of the existing flat terracotta arch structural system was needed to maximize open floor space, connect the three floors of the exhibition space, and take advantage of the exceptionally high ceilings.

© Guillaume Ziccarelli
© Guillaume Ziccarelli
© Guillaume Ziccarelli
© Guillaume Ziccarelli

There are five exhibition spaces and over 20,000 square feet of public space. A dedicated staircase constructed from a half-inch blackened steel plate provides continuity and circulation and features a three-story atrium for displaying the sculptures. A bookstore on the ground floor caters to the street and caters to markets different from a typical art gallery, while a rooftop garden is used for events.

© Rafael Gamo
© Rafael Gamo

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