reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio
March 4, 2011–January 15, 2012
A space-altering, site-specific architectural installation created by Situ Studio, a Brooklyn-based creative practice specializing in design and fabrication, will inaugurate the first phase of the Brooklyn Museum’s project for the 10,000-square-foot colonnaded hall on the first floor. The installation, reOrder, reimagines the classically ordered space to serve as a hub—a place for Museum visitors to congregate, relax, view temporary exhibitions, lectures, and, occasionally, see a performance. Situ Studio’s design consists of a series of stretched fabric canopies and integrated furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profile of the existing monumental columns.
This project will be the first installation in the Ennead Architects–designed renovation of the Great Hall, which was built in the early twentieth century as a part of the original McKim, Mead & White architecture. The space will include four freestanding walls reaching almost to the ceiling that will separate a central gallery from a perimeter circulation path. The installation will embrace the unique details of McKim, Mead & White’s iconic design with the goal of transforming the scale of the hall and creating a series of spaces that alternate between the colossal and the intimate.
Situ Studio was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, New York. Concentrating on research, design, and fabrication, the firm works at the intersection of architecture and a variety of other disciplines to engage a wide range of spatial projects.
reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio is organized by Lance Singletary, Associate Exhibition Designer, and Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.