New York 24.09.09
Out of all the major buildings of note in New York one stands out for me as perhaps the most interesting in its simplicity and restraint. A tiny V shaped gallery space on Kenmare Street across the road from The Corner Café. A collaboration between Vito Acconci and Steven Holl it is a low budget exercise in creative restraint and one of Holl’s earlier projects (1993) done before international stardom. Its a true reflection of both his work and the flux of New York City; blurring the boundaries between the public space of the sidewalk and the private internal space of the gallery which merge to become one through pivoting panels in the facade. Nothing about it is precious. The materials are basic and simply executed.