OMA to transform Sotheby’s New York City headquarters

25 February 2019 (Last Updated February 25th, 2019 10:28)

Dutch architectural firm OMA is set to transform the New York City headquarters of US-based firm Sotheby’s.

Dutch architectural firm OMA is set to transform the New York City headquarters of US-based firm Sotheby’s.

Sotheby’s plans to unveil the expansion and reimagining of its headquarters at 1334 York Avenue on 3 May.

Designed by OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu and associate Christy Cheng, the redesign will increase the venue’s exhibition space from 67,000ft² to more than 90,000ft².

The expanded space will also feature new galleries for fine art, precious objects, luxury goods and more.

The new space consists of 40 galleries of different sizes spread across four entirely transformed floors.

“Our ambition was to completely reimagine the client experience in our building.”

Shigematsu said: “We wanted to embody Sotheby’s ambition to reinvigorate and enhance the client experience by introducing high-flexibility through reorganisation of programmes and diversification of gallery spaces.

“The new headquarters is designed for openness and discovery – all public facing programmes are shifted to lower levels, unlocking the public potential of the building.

“A taxonomy of galleries can be used separately or as clusters to allow curatorial freedom, driven by business model shifts and expanding our repertoire of programming.”

OMA designed Sotheby’s galleries to offer the optimal exhibition space for items ranging from single objects to expansive collections.

A repertoire of spatial conditions for display ranging from white cube, double height, enfilade, corridor, cascade, octagonal to L-shaped, accommodates various programming, as well as the display of Sotheby’s artwork, objects and luxury goods.

Sotheby’s CEO Tad Smith said: “Our ambition was to completely reimagine the client experience in our building – from arrival into our lobby, and the path taken to view an exhibition and participate in an auction, through to collecting new purchases.”