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Artfarm / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei

  • 01:00 - 22 January, 2009
Artfarm / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei
Artfarm / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei, © Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Salt Point, Pleasant Valley, NY, United States
  • Design Team

  • Structural Engineering

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • Construction Management

    Crawford & Associates, Hudson, NY
  • Client

    Christophe W. Mao / Chambers Fine Art
  • Budget

    US $321,700
  • Area

    373.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The Artfarm is located near Salt Point in upstate New York (1.5h drive from the City), on the site of an existing private residence, built in the 80ies. The client is an art collector and owner of Chambers Fine Art, a well known gallery located in New York City and Beijing and which is specialized in contemporary chinese art.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

The building is designed as a gallery for a professional art collection. On the interior it's subdivided into different sized showrooms, an office space and spaces designated to store art.

site plan
site plan

The outer shape is a consequence of the used pre-engineered and easy to assemble type of steel building, which often gets used for agricultural purposes in that area. With ist abstract metallic appearance the structure becomes an equal member of a whole groupe of sculptures which are spread out in the landscape. The three volumes are put on a solid concrete slabs, which follow the existing grade on the site. The different levels are connected through a continues cascading ramp in the middle axis. This middle hallway with its ramp works as access for all spaces, allows an easy way of exchanging big pieces of art between storage and showrooms and works at the same time as a picture gallery.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Approaching the Artfarm building from outside you don't know what's expecting you on the inside. Even though there are only three windows existing to the north (and the end of each hall, above the middle ramp, this is the only visual connection to the outside and allows a view into the wood), the building with its pure white interiors is astonishing bright on the inside. The massive concrete floor and the white shiny PVC batt insulation are creating a quiet and cool space. For delicate goods such as paintings etc. consistent indoor temperatures are needed, which is a challenge in an area with such enourmous change in temperatures.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

With the concept of an hermetic closed and insulated envelope, the existing heating and cooling needs only to conserve the climate and support it when needed. This seems to work well, during the first summer the cooling had never to be turned on, even on really hot days it was comfortable and cool on the inside.

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Jon Decker · March 03, 2014

I have actually been here with my wife. Amazing building that is nondescript on the inside but eclectic and smart on the inside. Thanks for the great photographs.

Sam Johnson · August 14, 2012

What a creative idea. I wonder if they have a hard time finding a place to put up these things in the more populated areas?

Audrey Buchanan · October 17, 2009

@youngglobal Twitpics please re: My weekend get-a-way -

Audrey Buchanan · October 17, 2009

@globalgrind Twitpics please re: My weekend get-a-way -

Hamster · January 24, 2009

Excelent photograph!! Iwan Baan...who else.

ab · January 24, 2009

Me recordé de la película "Odisea en el espacio" de S. ve honestidad en la obra. Me gustaría poder chequear el frescor del espacio allí dentro.

JDR · January 23, 2009

Amazing how a simple and low-cost structure gives the same effect as a classic baroq ballroom, with the paintigs on the wall and the ornamented ceiling. A very nice effect!

I have my thoughts about the level of light inside the rooms. With very little daylight and only two lines of artificial light, it could be a little tense. But the photographer did his job, and I do not underestimate the quality of the architects.. so no need to worry probably.

Inspiring stuff this!

rubén · January 23, 2009

buenos dias, , interiores de 2001 para galeria de arte, opiniones contradictorias tengo yo


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Artfarm / HHF Architects + Ai Weiwei