International art curator’s first new-build gallery
Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects has been appointed to design Hauser & Wirth’s new gallery space in Manhattan. The New York-based practice has worked closely with the international art gallery curators since the 1990s on its spaces in Zurich, London, and New York City, and is consulting design architect on its up-coming Los Angeles arts centre - scheduled to open in 2016.
The new NY facility will be located at 542 West 22nd Street in the West Chelsea arts district, replacing Hauser & Wirth's current temporary downtown venue at 511 West 18th Street, which was inaugurated in January 2013 and will continue as a venue for gallery exhibitions and programs until the expiration of its lease in 2017.
Complementing Hauser & Wirth's townhouse at 32 East 69th Street, the new multi-story building on West 22nd Street will stand on a footprint of 7,400 square feet.
Whereas Hauser & Wirth's other venues around the world occupy existing - and often historic buildings - that have been restored and adapted for contemporary use, the 22nd Street structure will be its first new, freestanding, purpose-built location.
Says Iwan Wirth, president and co-founder of Hauser & Wirth: “After eight years of searching for a permanent downtown home in New York City, we are delighted to announce West 22nd Street as our future address. It has been our long-held dream to construct an original new building of our own – the first we have ever undertaken in our 20-year history.'
The land at 542 West 22nd Street has hosted a number of industrial and commercial enterprises – and structures – since the turn of the 20th century. In the 1920s, an electric switchboard manufacturer occupied the site, which later boasted a brewery warehouse and, subsequently, a plastic manufacturing facility. The edifice that currently stands on the site, dating to 1946, will be demolished to make way for construction of Hauser & Wirth's new building, which is estimated to open in 2018.