This project was an adaptive reuse initiative for the Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, an independent non-profit cultural center created to promote artistic dialogue between Switzerland and the United States.
’s solutions for its conversion included a gallery and library designed as flexible spaces: the library near the entrance could double as a reception area, while the gallery could be transformed into a performance space.
New architectural elements were introduced while restoring the original vaulted ceiling and wood flooring including three-dimensional plaster walls painted white and built against the space’s existing dark brick, leaving a trace of the original materials. The vaulted ceiling, thick walls, wood floors, and proportion of the space contributed to excellent acoustics, particularly for percussion instruments.
The museum-quality light fixtures developed by Nulux were installed without interfering with the beauty of the vaulted ceiling. Uplights concealed along the thick plaster walls provided sidelights for performances.