Annabelle Selldorf: Common Ground

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 7:00 - 7:00pm

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David Zwirner, 20th Street, Jason Schmidt Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

David Zwirner, 20th Street, Jason Schmidt Courtesy of Selldorf Architects

Annabelle Selldorf is the founding principal of New York-based Selldorf Architects, a 65-person architectural design practice founded in 1988. The firm has worked on public and private projects that range from museums and libraries to a recycling facility, and at scales encompassing large new construction, historic renovation, and exhibition design. The practice aims to "integrate its buildings in the cities and institutions they serve" with designs generated around "precision and restraint." For Selldorf, "projects evolve in response to their specific context and program, drawing influence from local materials and building traditions."

The firm's clients include cultural institutions and universities such as the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Clark Art Institute, Neue Galerie New York, New York University, and Brown University. In addition, the firm has created numerous galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth, and Gladstone Gallery, among others, and designed exhibitions for Frieze Masters, Gagosian Gallery, and the Venice Art Biennale.

Recent award winning projects include the Sims Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility, the largest recycling facility in the United States, and a 30,000 sf LEED Gold gallery building for David Zwirner in West Chelsea. The firm’s renovation of The Clark Art Institute’s Museum Building opened to critical acclaim in 2014. Also in 2014, Selldorf Architects completed a renovation of Brown University’s John Hay Library that reestablished the historic library as a central campus building for a contemporary University community.

Selldorf Architects is currently designing a major expansion for the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; converting former rail sheds into LUMA Arles, a new center for contemporary art in Arles, France, and designing a new primary school in Mwabwindo, Zambia for the 14+ Foundation.

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Annabelle Selldorf presentation video documentation thanks to The Architectural League of New York.
Video documentation thanks to The Architectural League of New York.

 

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