Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Gagosian Gallery Expansion

Beverly Hills, California

2008 - 2010

This adaptive reuse of retail space is situated in the commercial center of Beverly Hills and expands on the Gagosian Gallery’s existing galleries and offices designed by Richard Meier & Partners in 1995. The new addition embodies the qualities of space and light that distinguish the Gagosian Gallery, yet departs from other galleries by its expressive reuse of an existing wood barrel vault roof.

The natural wood ceiling, trusses and steel beam offer a distinctive counterpoint to the airfoil wing that scoops daylight into the existing Gagosian Gallery. The new gallery space utilizes skylights to balance daylight from the north and south to support a diversity of installations. The expansive daylit gallery walls can accommodate even larger works in gallery space with a quality of light that is consistent with the original Gagosian Gallery. The glazed public street façade blends seamlessly with the existing Gallery facade and provides pedestrians with a glimpse into the gallery.  A single 225 SF glass and aluminum sliding door at the street allows oversized artwork to be unloaded directly into the gallery and allows exhibit space to open to the active Beverly Hills sidewalk.

New second level offices and a private skylit viewing gallery address the growing gallery’s administrative and exhibit needs. At the roof, a sculpture terrace provides a unique outdoor setting for installations and offers views of the city and the surrounding Hollywood Hills.