Spanish architects design expansion for Italian art gallery in New York

Alberto Campo Baeza and Miguel Quismondo have designed a 13,000 sq ft extension for Magazzino Italian Art, a gallery in Cold Springs in Putnam County, New York state.

Located on a new 3.5-acre plot on a hillside, the pavilion will house exhibitions, a reading lounge, café, and public and educational programmes.

Two galleries are based on the ground floor, while the second floor will house a gallery dedicated to Murano glass, ceramics and a 1,500 sq ft programming space, which can host film screenings, lectures, panel discussions and other public events.

A top floor connects to the hillside, and contains a café and reading lounge with indoor and outdoor seating.

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, Magazzino Italian Art’s co-founders, said: "As long-time residents of Putnam County, we are deeply committed to contributing to the cultural landscape of the region in a meaningful way. Our decision to open Magazzino was informed by our desire to share postwar and contemporary Italian art and bring people together.

"It is our intention to ensure that our fellow community members are part of the process of bringing this new pavilion to life, from contracting local construction services to engaging the public in educational offerings that we will now be able to offer throughout the year."

Miguel Quismondo, architect, said: "Conceived to complement the existing museum building and reflect its elegant and simple modern design, the new pavilion brings a new dimension to the museum’s evolving campus.

"With strategically placed windows and skylights, the building introduces new opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the campus as it adds much needed space for the museum’s growing education and curatorial programme and allows for the presentation of projects in new formats."

Work on the new campus will begin in 2021, and will not disrupt exhibitions at Magazzino’s main building.

Images courtesy of JC Bragado & J Mingorance

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