New Windsor, New York‘s Storm King Art Center has just announced a $45 million project to enrich and sustain leadership in art and landscape. The new expansions will create a new visitor experience for people coming to the art center, create new opportunities for art and artists on site and ensure sustainability for the center going forward.
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Landscape architects Gustafson Porter and Bowman and Reed Hilderbrand will work with lead designers heneghan peng architects and WXY architecture and urban design to finish this project by 2024. The project consists of an outdoor lobby and ticketing pavilion, accessible amenities and consolidated parking, construction of a Conservation, Fabrication and Maintenance Building, and a holistic landscape stewardship plan for environmental sustainability.
Storm King Art Center sits on a 500-acre site that designers want to conserve sustainably for future visitors. Storm King president John P. Stern says that Storm King is a unique place with large-scale sculptures, trees and mountains. Additionally, the new project aims to make the best things about Storm King Art Center even better while leading the way to a more sustainable future. The center has had a large increase in visitors, so programming growth will also be a part of the new plan, which aims to care for both people and nature.
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Further, each new pavilion being built will be constructed of natural materials. Native plants are also being used for landscaping. An outdoor lobby will lead visitors into the grounds. Pathways through the grounds will be designed for universal accessibility.
“It was important for us to approach elements as different types of spaces rather than ‘buildings’ — visitors come to Storm King to be outdoors. We interrogated the indoor/outdoor duality as much as possible, continually questioning how much of the design could be part of nature,” says Róisín Heneghan, Co-founder of heneghan peng architects.
The new building for artists will serve as a workshop, studio, mechanical shop, storage space and office in order to further the tradition here of outdoor art. The space will house conservation facilities for the center’s sculptures and will also be used for fabricating new work. Meanwhile, new meadows create space to display more outdoor work.
Buildings are designed with all-electric renewable energy, and more than 650 newly planted trees will provide shade and promote biodiversity. LEED Gold certification was achieved for the Welcome Sequence. Natural air and light were used to reduce energy demands, and all-electric heating and cooling systems create a renewable energy-based system that pairs with the use of sustainable materials to reduce embodied energy and limit long-term maintenance costs.
“It’s exceptionally rare for landscape to be treated as seriously as art, as it is at Storm King. The environment at Storm King allows people to appreciate that they have a relationship to the land, invites them to imagine caring for it and appreciate that it changes, just as they do. We thought deeply about how to make the woods, wetlands, and overall biodiversity of the grounds a more inherent and exciting part of the experience, especially how it can support people’s encounters with the art,” says Beka Sturges, Principal of Reed Hilderbrand.
Images via Storm King Art Center