The New York–based firm Selldorf Architects is known by it’s sophisticated, and minimalist style. Annabelle Selldorf created in 1988 and is considered to be as one of the art world’s go-to architects, having designed homes for top collectors and gallerists, as well as countless exhibition spaces worldwide.
ANNABELLE SELLDORF, PRINCIPAL
Annabelle Selldorf is the Principal of Selldorf Architects. Born and raised in Germany, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute, and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. She established her own firm in 1988.
Annabelle points some of her accomplishment to the fact that she was never an employee. After graduation she succeeded to find small projects she could complete on her own, she has been able to take on striving and interesting projects. Selldorf has made a name for herself with numerous praised fine arts buildings David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea is one of those names.
Her projects include the Neu Galerie in New York, the renovation of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW).
Background & Realization-Selldorf Architects
The firm has worked on public and private projects that variety from museums and libraries to rebuild facilities, and at scales from the construction of new buildings to the restoration of historic interiors and furniture design.
Their design method involves a critical process that eliminates the gratuitous and proposes clear solutions in which all elements cohabit in a sensibly considered balance.
The firm has developed particular expertise on cultural and art-related projects, with significant experience in gallery, exhibition, and studio spaces; as well as museums, art foundations, and collectors’ homes.
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Versatility and adaptability
Selldorf’s ability to create modern and intimate, architecture and interior design fascinates a devoted clients, particularly artists, gallery owners, and art and antique collectors.
Annabella practice, however, transcends any niche classification, with projects ranging from a recently completed recycling center in Brooklyn to a drive-in Manhattan high-rise to the exquisite villas at Utah’s Amangiri resort.
Recently, the firm has unveiled a new Manhattan outpost (built to LEED Gold standards) for art dealer David Zwirner, its exterior, lobby, and central stairwell clad in rugged board-formed concrete, smartly accented with teak. And she is currently at work on structures for the forthcoming Parc des Ateliers, an art-and-research center in Arles, France.
Vica is part of Annabelle’s multidiscipline talent, the company was founded by Selldorf’s grandmother in the 1950s as an interior design studio based in Cologne.
Vica is the name of her interior furnishings, lighting, and objects collection, inspired by the European tradition of hand workmanship and exceptional finishing in designs imbued with the edge and innovation of New York. Vica also offers several furnishings by her father, Herbert Selldorf, a designer and architect.
DAVID ZWIRNER 20TH STREET – NEW YORK, NEW YORK
For David Zwirner’s second location in Chelsea, Selldorf Architects designed a 30,000 sf building that is the first LEED-certified commercial gallery in the U.S. The neighborhood’s industrial-aesthetic is the inspiration for the exposed concrete façade. The concrete is contrasted by teak paneling at the street level and on the window frames above. The space’s concrete floors and large saw tooth skylights recall the aesthetic that the firm developed for David Zwirner 19th Street.
Exhibition space continues on the second floor with a more intimate 2,000 sf gallery with oak floors. Levels three, four, and five accommodate private functions such as viewing rooms, offices, and art handling areas. Concrete is utilized on the interior to create a dramatic stairwell connecting all five floors.
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