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Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory

Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory
Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory, The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly

New York's Park Avenue Armory, originally built in 1861 for the Seventh Regiment of the National Guard and restored by Herzog & de Meuron in 2007, is about to be temporarily taken over by Rafael Viñoly. On April 30th 2014 Artvest Partners will launch Spring Masters New York, "a fair for art produced between antiquity and the 20th century, which corresponds with Christie’s and Sotheby’s signature Impressionism and modern art auctions". Viñoly's hexagonal grid of exhibition rooms will fill the 55,000 square foot Drill Hall in an attempt to break with the monotony of the rectangular grid format.

The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly + 11

Plan. Image Courtesy of Artvest Partners / Rafael Viñoly Architects
Plan. Image Courtesy of Artvest Partners / Rafael Viñoly Architects
View of the Drill Hall during restoration. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
View of the Drill Hall during restoration. Image Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

According to Viñoly, putting exhibitors within cubicle spaces produces "very little excitement as a journey". Six sided modules increase the average wall area and enhance views into and from the main circulation areas. It offers "a more articulated path that encourages discovery" creating "a much more exciting public space." Interior designer Diana Viñoly, Rafael’s wife, is "ensuring continuity among the booths’ outward-facing planes and drawing connections between the overall interior experience and Park Avenue’s famous springtime display of tulips."

Find out more about Park Avenue Armory on ArchDaily here.

The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly
The Exhibition Space (updated February 2015). Image © Román Viñoly

References: Architectural Record, Spring Masters New York 2014

Cite: James Taylor. "Rafael Viñoly's Structural Experiment at Park Avenue Armory" 28 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/481660/park-avenue-armory-to-become-rafael-vinoly-s-laboratory/> ISSN 0719-8884
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