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March 2, 2010

Gagosian Gallery expanded by Richard Meier

Photo- Joshua White

Photo- Joshua White 2008_cropped-8802

The Gagosian Gallery has completed the expansion of their Beverly Hills gallery, designed by Richard Meier & Partners. Meier & Partners’ expansion has nearly doubled the size of the gallery, adding 5,000 square feet to the existing 6,600 square foot building. The addition is anchored by a new 3,000 square foot, street-level exhibition space.

This adaptive reuse of retail space is situated in the commercial center of Beverly Hills and expands on the Gagosian Gallery’s existing galleries and offices designed by Richard Meier & Partners in 1995. The addition embodies the qualities of space and light that distinguished the original building, yet departs with its expressive reuse of an existing wood barrel vault roof.

The natural wood ceiling, trusses and steel beam offer a distinctive counterpoint to the airfoil wing that scoops daylight into the existing gallery. The new gallery space utilizes skylights to balance daylight from the north and south sky to support a diversity of installations. The expansive daylit gallery walls can accommodate even larger works in gallery space with a quality of light that is consistent with the original building. The glazed public street façade blends seamlessly with the existing gallery facade and provides pedestrians a glimpse into the gallery. A single 225 SF glass and aluminum sliding door at the street allows oversized artwork to be unloaded directly into the gallery and allows exhibit space to open to the active Beverly Hills street.

New second level offices and a private skylit viewing gallery address the growing gallery’s administrative and exhibit needs. At the roof, a sculpture terrace provides a unique outdoor setting for installations and offers views of the city and the surrounding Hollywood Hills.