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the Judd Foundation’s 101 Spring Street

ROB BEYER

WHEN I BEGAN HELPING Flavin and Rainer Judd with their father’s estate, there were discussions about selling the building. Instead, we were able to resolve the building code challenges, secure the necessary funds, and carry out Donald Judd’s wishes for permanently preserving his home and studio.

Our task was to create safe public access to the spaces and ensure that the environment was appropriate for the preservation of objects and artworks, while minimally impacting Judd’s interventions into the structure and layout. The building had no climate control, for example, and its large windows create a substantial solar heat load. Aesthetically, it was unacceptable for mechanical equipment and air-distribution ductwork to be visible, yet such systems were crucial for the long-term preservation of the building’s contents. Working with Arup and art conservators, we evaluated mechanical

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