Humanity｜Art ｜issue 144
Denver Art Museum Design Galleries and Studio, USA
Humanity｜Art ｜issue 144
As part of the larger campus transformation effort, OMA／Shohei Shigematsu have designed 11,500 square-feet of new and renovated galleries within the original footprint of the Gio Ponti-designed Martin Building, for the museum’s collection of architecture and design, as well as a hands-on studio. OMA has designed two inaugural exhibitions taking place two new galleries and featuring over 400 objects. A third space, the Ellen Bruss Design Studio（Studio）is a flexible and interactive space for visitors to explore design as a process, engaging directly with objects and materials and creating new works.
The 7,750-square-foot Design Gallery follows a logic of spatial typologies. An open, central “piazza” is surrounded by perimeter rooms organized in an alternating sequence of rooms and islands. Within the rooms the viewer is surrounded by the displayed objects. Islands and piers place objects centrally, allowing views from multiple vantage points. A modular and flexible catalog of platforms facilitate the inherent diversity of types, sizes and medium of design objects on display. The gallery is capable of being efficiently rotated between different exhibitions through reaggregations of platforms, allowing a permanent exhibition space to be transformed at will. The 1,900-square-foot Mezzanine Gallery draws from Ponti’s use of floating abstract planes to zone the gallery and curation. Display structures, platforms, and signage are reminiscent of the use of shifted volumes in Ponti’s work. Objects are raised and lowered to different heights within logical boundaries creating layers of perspectives. On the ceiling, mirrored surfaces add another layer of horizontal planes that reflect moments of the installation and the people walking through it.
Project Architect：Daniel Rauchwerger
Team：Philippe Audemard d＇Alancon．Marie-Claude Fares．Olivia Haynie．Shary Tawil．Thuy-Trang Trinh．Andres Villar
Denver Art Museum Curator：Darrin Alfred
Director Of Exhibitions, Strategy And Gallery Design：Jill Desmond
Graphic Design：McGinty Co.
Design Studio Walls, Adg Plywood Platforms：Cinnabar
Mezzanine Gallery Casework And Panels：Astound
Character of Space：Museum．Gallery
設計團隊：菲利普．奧德馬爾．達蘭松 瑪麗．克勞德．法雷斯 奧利維亞．海妮 莎莉．塔維爾 Thuy-Trang Trinh 安德烈斯．比利亞爾