Pace Gallery broke ground for its new Chelsea site today, revealing details about its plans in the process. Expanding into the eight-story building at 540 West Twenty-Fifth Street, the gallery will soon command 75,000 square feet of space, more than doubling its current footprint in New York.
Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, the firm at the helm of the project, has designed a building that will include column-free exhibition spaces with twenty-foot ceilings, a public library showcasing a collection of more than ten thousand catalogued volumes, and a 1,000-square-foot roof terrace that will also serve as an extension of the gallery. Meanwhile, the sixth floor will offer an additional 6,000-square-foot outdoor exhibition space that will accommodate large-scale sculptures, while the seventh floor is being designed with a special focus on acoustics, optimizing the area for new-media installations and performance.
“The metal clad structure with a black volcanic stone façade is articulated into a variety of exhibition spaces also including an outdoor gallery that is visually connected to the High Line and surmounted by a suspended double story penthouse gallery,” the architects remarked. Pace/MacGill and Pace Primitive will also occupy space in the new building.
“The last ten years have seen incredible changes in the art world as creative communities from different parts of the world have started to connect. Now it’s time for the art galleries to change too. This new building gives us the chance to reimagine what we are all about and that’s exactly what we plan to do,” said Marc Glimcher, the gallery’s president.