An experimental forum in New York City: the “Storefront for Art and Architecture” has emerged as a permanent fixture in the middle of Lower Manhattan. Since 1982 the exhibition gallery and alternative platform for architecture, art and design has been setting the standards in the metropolis. The flexible outer façade of the gallery on the ground floor of the single-storey build was designed by architect Steven Holl in cooperation with artist Vito Acconci. Panels that can swivel horizontally and vertically offer spontaneous views on warm days, encouraging visitors to simply steep in (free of charge) and interact with the dissolution of the borders between outside and inside.
The great range of different items in the gallery are exhibited using “Yori” LED spots courtesy of long-standing Italian corporation Reggiani. The discreet luminaires consist of two simple bodies linked by a joint. They are based on tracks, meaning their position can be changed and the beam re-aligned as desired. Moreover, the accenting the spotlights allow means the artworks are ideally illuminated. Thanks to the integrated glare protection, viewers’ eyes are spared and dazzle, and the works can thus be studied for lengthier periods. The building’s triangular footprint can thus be ideally used and illuminated down to the very last centimeters of the tight corners.