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OMA designs renovation of Sotheby's New York galleries

Posted on 10 March, 2017 by Felix
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OMA designs renovation of Sotheby's New York galleries

OMA New York, led by Shohei Shigematsu, has revealed plans to reconfigure and update the Manhattan galleries of auction house Sotheby's.

The firm's New York office is designing renovation and expansion of the international house's headquarters on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Other spaces include The Enfilade Galleries – four galleries of exactly the same size set side-by-side – and "domestically scaled" areas for furniture, design and collections.

Sotheby's renovation and expansion by OMA

In addition to the 40 public galleries, another nine galleries will be used for discreet and private sales, and two more flexible spaces will host auctions.

Sotheby's upgrades also include a new Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar, and digital signage created by local graphic design agency 2x4.

Sotheby's renovation and expansion by OMA

OMA's renovation and expansion is set to open on 3 May 2019, when Sotheby's launches its exhibitions and auctions of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art.

Headquartered in New York, the company is completing the overhaul as part of wider update to its global offerings. OMA's project follows renovations to Sotheby's in London and Paris, and the opening of new hubs in Geneva, Dubai and Tel Aviv.

Sotheby's renovation and expansion by OMA

"Taking inspiration from countless institutions around the world, we sought to create the best possible conditions for showcasing great works of art, no matter what size, style, or period, as well as to accommodate a variety of sales and exhibitions concurrently," said Allan Schwartzman, chairman of Sotheby's Fine Art Division.

Sotheby's renovation and expansion by OMA

Shigematsu has led OMA's New York office since 2008. The outpost is intended to function independently from the other international offices, including Rotterdam, Beijing, Hong Kong, Doha and Australia, as part of an initiative of founder Rem Koolhaas.

Therefore, Shigematsu is credited for buildings carried out by the New York office, including the Park Grove complex is nearing completion in Miami, and OMA's first cultural building in California.

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