On October 5, 2017, we presented a Vision Plan of the Village of East Hampton to the Mayor and Trustees of thee village. We were grateful that the board invited us to show and discuss ideas that we developed over the summer with our team and advisors. We appreciate the feedback given to us during the meeting and look forward to further conversation with the board.Thank you Mayor and Board of Trustees.
On Monday September 18, 2017, we installed our pre-fabricated, completely pre-finished, retrofitted shipping containers on the campus of Bard College. The structure will serve the Experimental Humanities Department as a Media Lab. The installation started at 11 am and by 3 pm the 2nd floor was stacked and we were walking inside the building. Another day or two will be needed to install some trim boards between the upper and lower floors, and connect the electrical and plumbing lines to the site utilities. We anticipate that within 5 days of installation, max, the building will be ready for classes. Here are some photos of the installation.
MB Arch + Team presenting its vision-plan of the Village of East Hampton at the Parrish Art Museum.
Development projects in Manhattan and Brooklyn have long favored mid to high rise residential buildings that sell units in the mid to high price range. The reasons are understandable. Estimated dollar value per square foot of such condominiums easily exceed cost of development, reducing risk.
Only a few other building programs can pencil out, ie, be profitable. Storage of art is one of those. The proliferation of high-value private art collections, and the need for their storage make art storage a competitive program in today's market.
In our proposal for such a building in Chelsea, we offer an additional benefit. By providing gallery spaces for private art to be displayed publicly, we open vast opportunities to engage the public, the neighborhood and enhance cultural activity in the area. Further by annexing such viewing spaces with a recognized museum, we can offer benefits to collectors, the museum and the public.
We are happy that the AIA Peconic recognized our research and design of such a project with a design award. Thank you to our team, the AIA and members of the jury.
Four adjacent buildings are reconfigured and restored to house facilities for the storage of private and none-private art, with adjacent public and private spaces for the display and sale of art. [Click here to see project.]
The overlap of particular socio-economic tides —the rise of a shared economy that harnesses unattended markets, the proliferation of private art collections, the lack of sufficient spaces of public and communal activity, and the democratization of art viewing— has fostered an environment in which our proposal for a Museum of Stored Art is both timely and important.
Working with four contiguous under-developed buildings adjacent to the ‘Highline’ in Chelsea, we have explored the multiple design facets of a building that straddles the boundary between private art collection and public art viewing.
We have studied the nuanced and often challenging needs of storage of significant works of art and the delicate but rewarding benefit of publicly displaying both the ‘art of storage’ and the stored art.
In one scoop, by providing a space for private art collections to be viewed publicly, we connect the philanthropic intents of individuals with a public need, benefitting a community and its individuals.
The need for this type of building became evident to me as I began to design spaces for the collections of my clients. At the same time, our Chelsea office is next to one of the premiere art-storage facilities in the USA. I began to wonder what is contained in this storage building? And how wonderful it would be for the public to be able to see curated shows cross-referencing various collections.
The following images are the result of our initial foray into understanding the needs of such a building, its complex security concerns, and its incredible art-viewing opportunities.