Oculus - Summer 2017 Design Awards - 22
DE MARIA PAVILION
GLUCKMAN TANG ARCHITECTS
Located on the grounds of an 11-acre estate in Bridgehampton, L.I.,
the De Maria Pavilion houses sculptures and drawings by the artist
Walter De Maria. The 1,680-square-foot pavilion is Gluckman Tang's
second single-artist exhibition pavilion for this art collector, the first
being an outdoor pavilion constructed from Alaskan yellow cedar and
concrete, and dedicated to artist/architect Isamu Noguchi.
The De Maria Pavilion is set within a walled cutting garden, part
of an informal art walk that links several contemporary sculptures.
The pavilion's brick façades reference the 1920s-era garden wall, but
its color relates to the dark granite of De Maria's Large Grey Sphere,
a 32-ton sculpture set in the landscape nearby. Composed of 24-inch
long, dark gray bricks, the east and west faces are set in a random bond
pattern, with alternating courses corbeled to create shadow lines that
emphasize the horizontal nature of the bricks. The brick at the north
and south ends is split and set in a header-only random bond, resulting
in a coarse and seemingly random texture. A board-formed concrete
interior frames the art and is day-lit by a large skylight and window
wall. Light levels are modulated by light-diffusing glazing, as well as
motorized translucent and blackout shades mounted above a fixed
linen scrim. The skylight is supported by Alaskan yellow cedar rafters.
Lighting for evening use is concealed above the scrim, except for two
downlights that highlight Equal Areas, a floor-mounted sculpture. The
polished steel surfaces reflect this light back onto the concrete ceiling, and at night create an unexpected double-image of the work.
Gluckman Tang Architects Design Team
Richard Gluckman, FAIA, Andrew Weigand
ARUP, LaGuardia Design Group, Reg Hough
Associates, Wright & Company Construction