We are thrilled to announce that the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) has engaged Selldorf Architects to revitalize its permanent collection galleries and renew key public spaces, marking the first comprehensive re-installation of the museum’s exhibition and interpretation spaces since 2006 when its National Historic Landmark building was last renovated. Originally designed between 1836 and 1867 for the U.S. Patent Office, the building was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution in 1952 to serve as a museum. Renamed the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture in 2006, SAAM shares the building with the National Portrait Gallery.
We are honored to share that The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego was recognized as one of “The Best Architecture of 2022: From Symphonic to Serene,” an annual list by Michael J. Lewis of the Wall Street Journal.
Selldorf Architects is honored to share that Westminster City Council has granted the National Gallery with planning permission for a series of sensitive adaptations to its buildings on Trafalgar Square. Coinciding with the Gallery’s Bicentenary in 2024, the projects will create a world-class welcome to the millions of visitors it receives each year.
We are proud to share that Annabelle Selldorf and Selldorf Architects were included in the 2023 AD100 Hall of Fame list. It is a great honor to celebrate yet another year alongside leading innovators and visionaries in the field of architecture and design.
We are grateful to Amy Astley, Alison Levasseur, Samuel Cochran and Architectural Digest for this tremendous recognition.
On November 12th, Sara Lopergolo FAIA, Partner at Selldorf Architects spoke at The Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Detroit 2022 conference. “The Art and Life of Buildings: Two Case Studies, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles and Luma Arles, France.” In her presentation Sara discussed the firm’s approach to preservation of these two former industrial sites as they were transformed into new cultural centers, delivering new programmatic, sustainability and operational goals.
The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced the selection of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Selldorf Architects (SOM |Selldorf) to jointly develop a modernization plan for the Museum’s interior and plaza. After nearly a half-century, the Hirshhorn will upgrade galleries and public spaces to respond to the changing needs of a public museum of modern and contemporary art with a larger and more diverse audience.
On September 2022, Vica by Annabelle Selldorf inaugurated its first brick-and-mortar setting for its furniture collection at 30 Bond Street in New York City’s NoHo neighborhood. The design, by Selldorf Architects, transforms an old storefront built in 1900 into a new collaborative concept uniting an art exhibition space for Palo Gallery and a showroom for Vica by Annabelle Selldorf. The 3,400 sf location is divided into two exhibition spaces, one that celebrates the distinctive white cube gallery space while the other embodies a European-style salon. This unique dual functionality offers the opportunity to discover Vica furniture in person for the first time and establishes a permanent location for Palo Gallery.
The National Gallery in London has released updated designs for the NG200 project. The design has continued to evolve to create a more welcoming and inclusive experience for visitors with a newly imagined public realm including a new “square within a square” in front of the Sainsbury Wing, along with bringing more light into the building with updated glazing and double height spaces. The project also includes updates to the Research Centre making it more visible and accessible. Selldorf is working on the project alongside Purcell, Vogt Landscape, Arup, Pentagram, L’Observatoire, Kaizen and Kendrick Hobbs.
Following a rigorous selection process the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announced today that it has selected Selldorf Architects, Diamond Schmitt and Two Row Architect for the 50,000sf expansion to house their growing collection of global modern and contemporary art. The proposed site will connect to the 2008 Frank Gehry AGO expansion.
The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in La Jolla reopens to the public on April 9th, after a $105 million renovation and expansion by Selldorf Architects. The expanded Museum increases the gallery space four-fold, with two levels of light-filled galleries, a public Art Park, and new seaside terraces offering dramatic views of the Pacific Coast.
On February 18, London’s National Gallery shared initial proposals for the NG200 project as it begins a phase of public consultation. Selldorf Architects was selected in July 2021 as lead of a multidisciplinary team to create a more welcoming and accessible National Gallery on the occasion of the upcoming 2024 bicentenary. Working alongside Purcell, Vogt Landscape and Arup, the scope includes remodeling parts of the Sainsbury Wing, the public realm, as well as a new Research Centre and Members House in the Wilkins Building. A revived, more open Sainsbury foyer will receive more natural light and offer views of Trafalgar Square and Westminster. The public realm concepts include a new public square in front of the Sainsbury Wing with planting and seating.
We’re very proud our design of Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street has earned an Honor Award for Architecture in the 2022 AIANY Design Awards! Announcing the award, the jury commended the power of the building in its ability to put art in a civic landscape through the operability of large windows at the ground and second levels, inviting the public realm into the building and vice versa for art to be seen within the context of the city.