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Parrish Art Museum
Herzog & de Meuron

December 10, 2012 /

Water Mill, New York, USA

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Photo: Matthu Placek

Parrish Art Museum references the vernacular architecture of the East End, to emphasize the relationship of art to nature, and to be flexible and welcoming.

The placement of the building is a direct result of the skylights facing towards the north. This east-west orientation, and its incidental diagonal relationship within the site, generates dramatically changing perspective views of the building and further emphasizes the building's extreme yet simple proportions. It lays in an extensive meadow of indigenous grasses that refers to the natural landscape of Long Island.

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Our design for the Parrish Art Museum is a reinterpretation of a very genuine Herzog & de Meuron typology, the traditional house form. What we like about this typology is that it is open for many different functions, places and cultures. Each time this simple, almost banal form has become something very specific, precise and also fresh./
 Jacques Herzog

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An ordered sequence of post, beam and truss defines the unifying backbone of the building. Its materialization is a direct expression of readily accessible building materials and local construction methods.

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Photo: Matthu Placek

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Photo: Matthu Placek

The exterior walls of in situ concrete act as long bookends to the overall building form, while the grand scale of these elemental walls is tempered with a continuous bench formed at its base for sitting and viewing the surrounding landscape.

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Photo: Matthu Placek

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Photo: Matthu Placek

Large overhangs running the full length of the building provide shelter for outdoor porches and terraces.

A cluster of ten galleries defines the heart of the museum. The size and proportion of these galleries can be easily adapted by re-arranging partition walls within the given structural grid.

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Photo: Matthu Placek

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Photo: Matthu Placek

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Photo: Matthu Placek

We set the basic parameters for a single gallery space by distilling the studio's proportions and adopting its simple house section with north-facing skylights. Two of these model galleries form wings around a central circulation spine that is then bracketed by two porches to form the basis of a straightforward building extrusion. The floor plan of this extrusion is a direct translation of the ideal functional layout.Herzog & de Meuron

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Photo: Christopher French

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Photo: Christopher French

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Photo: Christopher French

The back of house functions of administration, storage, workshops and loading dock are located to the east of the gallery core. The public program areas of the lobby, shop, and café are located to the west of the galleries, with a flexible multi-purpose and educational space at the far western end.

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Photo: Matthu Placek

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Photo: Matthu Placek

The landscape, an important aspect of the Museum experience, consists entirely of native plants. The design evokes the iconic features of the East End - meadow, wetland, scrub woodland, and long views of expansive sky and horizon.

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Drawing courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

Site Plan

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Drawing courtesy Herzog & de Meuron
Floor Plan

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Drawing courtesy Herzog & de Meuron
Section


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Rendering courtesy Herzog & de Meuron
North View Exterior

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Rendering courtesy Herzog & de Meuron

Seen from Montauk Highway



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Facts about Parrish Art Museum

Site Area:

601,000 ft2

Gross Floor Area:

50,300 ft2

Architects:

Herzog & de Meuron 

Partners:

Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron

Partner-in-Charge:

Ascan Mergenthaler

Executive Architect:

Douglas Moyer Architect PC

Landscape Architect:

Reed Hilderbrand Landscape

General Contractor:

Ben Krupinski Builder

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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