Details of David Zwirner’s New Green, 5-Story Building in Chelsea Revealed

Last week we heard news that Chelsea gallerist David Zwirner would not only be opening his first location outside New York in the fall — in London’s gallery-heavy Mayfair neighborhood — but that his under-construction space on 20th Street will be opening its doors at the same time. Now IN THE AIR has learned some of the numbers behind the new location one block north of Zwirner’s 19th Street compound, which is being built from the ground up at the site of a former parking garage (pictured).

The new David  Zwirner building at 537 West 20th Street will be five stories tall, with 30,000 square feet of floor space. Like Zwirner’s London space — which is a renovated townhouse — the new Chelsea building is being designed by Annabelle Selldorf. Its first and second floors will be devoted to exhibition space and, according to an announcement, will showcase “the gallery’s strong roster of Minimalist artists and thematic, historical surveys on the work of modern and contemporary masters.” Accordingly, the first exhibition in the new building will be a two-artist show of works by Dan Flavin and Donald Judd, both of whose estates Zwirner represents.

Most notable, aside from the building’s sheer size, is its unprecedented environmental program. Zwirner and Selldorf plan for their building to be the first commercial art gallery to received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, and are working with environmental design consulting firm Atelier Ten to that end.

As to the look of the building, preliminary designs have yet to be released, but it will be a marked change from the yellow brick of the former three-story garage that occupied the site, with “concrete and wood, both on the exterior and interior.” Zwirner will launch his new building with the Flavin-Judd exhibition in November.

— Benjamin Sutton