Kasmin Gallery is a well-designed art gallery that can become a work of art in itself.

_project: Kasmin Gallery
_architecture: studioMDA
_location: New York, USA

Designing an art gallery is a unique challenge for architects. Unlike other types of buildings, the focus is not on creating a functional space but on creating an environment that enhances the artwork on display. A well-designed art gallery can elevate the art, create a memorable experience for visitors, and even become a work of art in itself.

Designed by the renowned architect Markus Dochantschi, the Kasmin Gallery is located in the heart of New York City and is known for its exceptional displays of contemporary art. The gallery has showcased works by prominent artists such as Walton Ford, Iván Navarro, and James Nares, and its unique design incorporates several features that are specific to creating an ideal art exhibition space.

Among the remarkable aspects of Markus's design is the gallery's lighting. The space features a skylight that floods the area with natural light, creating a sense of openness and brightness. This feature is also adjustable, allowing the gallery to control the amount of light that enters and the type of environment created. It is critical to have control over the light source, as art requires a specific kind of lighting to be displayed correctly.

Another unique feature of the Kasmin Gallery's design is the incorporation of technology. The gallery has a state-of-the-art lighting system that can be controlled by an app on a mobile device, ensuring that the art is displayed in the best possible light. Additionally, high-quality sound systems have been installed to allow for live performances and musical events to be held within the space.

Markus also paid close attention to the gallery's spatial layout. The space is divided into several rooms, each with its own unique character and atmosphere. This design enables the gallery to showcase a diverse range of art and create different moods and environments within the same space. Moreover, the gallery features movable walls that can be adjusted to create various configurations depending on the needs of a particular exhibition.

Designing an art gallery requires creating a space that does not detract from the art itself. Markus achieved this by using minimalistic and neutral materials such as concrete and steel. The walls are unadorned, with a white finish that allows the art to take center stage. The result is an understated yet elegant space that puts the art at the forefront.

Markus Dochantschi's design for the Kasmin Gallery created a functional and aesthetically pleasing art exhibition space. His attention to lighting, technology, spatial layout, and materials all contribute to a space that is ideal for showcasing contemporary art. His work at Kasmin Gallery shows how to create a space that enhances the art and provides a memorable experience for visitors.


_written by Daniela Moreira Silva
_film by Architecture Hunter
_cover image by Architecture Hunter
_drawings by studioMDA:

  1. Axon
  2. Cross Section
  3. Floor Plan
  4. Longitudinal Section

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