Visiting the Parrish Art Museum

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November 15, 2012

In our October Modern Across America issue, we previewed the Hamptons' Parrish Art Museum, designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron with interiors by Konstantin Grcic. Last week, we had the chance to see the building in person, right before it opened to the public on Saturday, November 10. When driving up the Montauk Highway on the eastern end of Long Island, it’s unclear if you are approaching an art museum or a farm. That is the subtle beauty of Parrish's new home, a space where industry meets the pastoral.

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  Doug Reed, landscape architect on the project, incorporated indigenous plants into the surrounding site; the large expanse of meadows will flourish in the coming years.
    Doug Reed, landscape architect on the project, incorporated indigenous plants into the surrounding site; the large expanse of meadows will flourish in the coming years.
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  The building’s specific orientation on the site, neither parallel nor orthogonal to the street, allows galleries to receive a maximum amount of natural light.
    The building’s specific orientation on the site, neither parallel nor orthogonal to the street, allows galleries to receive a maximum amount of natural light.
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  Skylights allow for the natural variability of light to occur and reproduce the lighting embraced by Long Island artists, showing the versatility of each piece of art depending on weather conditions.
    Skylights allow for the natural variability of light to occur and reproduce the lighting embraced by Long Island artists, showing the versatility of each piece of art depending on weather conditions.
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  Reclaimed pine and plywood make up the interior ceiling which is pitched at an angle and fitted with pipes to allow drainage.
    Reclaimed pine and plywood make up the interior ceiling which is pitched at an angle and fitted with pipes to allow drainage.
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  In creating this place for visitors to rest and take in the lush landscape, Herzog & de Meuron's lead architect Ascan Mergenthaler says the built-in benches put the concrete walls on a more “human scale” without interrupting the streamlined façade.
    In creating this place for visitors to rest and take in the lush landscape, Herzog & de Meuron's lead architect Ascan Mergenthaler says the built-in benches put the concrete walls on a more “human scale” without interrupting the streamlined façade.
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  Produced by Emeco and designed by Konstantin Grgic of Munich-based KGID specifically for the museum, the Parrish Chair will be launched at Salone del Mobile in April of 2013.
    Produced by Emeco and designed by Konstantin Grgic of Munich-based KGID specifically for the museum, the Parrish Chair will be launched at Salone del Mobile in April of 2013.
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  The café and gift shop are installations in and of themselves, capitalizing on the salvaged wood materials to create a more intimate environment within the museum.
    The café and gift shop are installations in and of themselves, capitalizing on the salvaged wood materials to create a more intimate environment within the museum.
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  A wide corridor, essentially the spine of the building, is flanked by galleries, the café and gift shop, administrative offices and a 200-seat multi-purpose room.
    A wide corridor, essentially the spine of the building, is flanked by galleries, the café and gift shop, administrative offices and a 200-seat multi-purpose room.
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  From windows on either side of the administrative offices, visitors can view the inner-workings of the museum. As more of the permanent collection comes out of storage due to the increase in space, the offices will be a staging ground for curatorial and museum staff.
    From windows on either side of the administrative offices, visitors can view the inner-workings of the museum. As more of the permanent collection comes out of storage due to the increase in space, the offices will be a staging ground for curatorial and museum staff.

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