Former Dia Building, Chelsea NYC, March 7 – 10, 2013

This year's architectural concept for Independent is based on the number 3, in contrast to last year's design which was inspired by the four cardinal points.

We are continuing to refine Independent's tradition of a unique and open layout of the exhibition floors that both blurs boundaries between the galleries and enhances the art viewing experience. In order to ensure a smooth circulation throughout the spaces, present interesting vistas and perspectives, and take full advantage of the natural light, we decided to minimize all wall lengths without compromising art-hanging space. The new wall installations form a series of "Y" configurations that hide all of the structural columns throughout the rectangular former Dia Building. Each "Y" consists of three walls meeting at a 120º angle. As opposed to the traditional 90º corner, this obtuse angle creates a sense of expansiveness and dynamism for both the artworks and the visitors. All three sides of the "Y" offer defined yet open spaces; these spaces can be compared to an open book, only here we present this gesture in an architectural dimension.

Project team: Joana Bem-Haja, Zach Cohen, Emil Froge, Madeline Hollander
Architec of record: Joseph Pell Lombardi
General contractor: Bill Maniatis, BBM Development, Inc.

Y Walls - Independent 2013