Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has designed the International Center of Photography’s new space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Formally located in midtown, ICP now resides on the ground and below-grade levels of a residential building on the Bowery.
“Our design,” says SOM design partner Roger Duffy, “strives to connect this important NYC arts institution with its surroundings on the Bowery in order to fulfill ICP’s goal to engage with the public more actively.
”Renovations included the creation of a public space on the ground level, fronted by glass and framed by stainless steel. “Open to the street,” Duffy says, “the glass façade and ground-level space invite people to explore the galleries inside.”