Architizer: New Parrish Is the 'Perfect Art Museum'

New Museum Deputy Director praises Herzog & de Meuron- designed building in Water Mill, the new home of the Parrish Art Museum.

The Parrish Art Museum's new home in Water mill, which opened its doors in November, received high praise this week from Architizer blogger Karen Wong, a deputy director of New Museum in Manhattan.

Wong writes that the building, designed by Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, is "the perfect art museum" and it "pays tribute to the history of this area, its art, and its painters, whose barns-cum-studios took advantage of the northern light."

Wong compliments the architects for designing a space that — rather than being flashy — is "less spectacle and more sublime," focusing attention on the galleries, while also giving a view of the beautiful landscape that surrounds the building.

Wong writes:

The plan is disarmingly lucid, yet it encourages meandering from one naturally lit gallery to the next in a subtle circulation weave based on the position of doorways. The inverse of the pitch hangs graphically over a corridor spine that on two occasions expands the entire width of the building, offering a view of the bucolic surroundings.

The real test of a museum is whether visitors will keep coming back, according to Wong, and she says that she, for one, will return again and again.

Read Wong's blog post at architizer.com.


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Preliator February 05, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Yes, perfect if you think a museum should look like a bunker and have enough lighting to be seen from space.
bchbum11968 February 06, 2013 at 05:30 PM


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