De Maria Pavilion

Architect: Gluckman Tang Architects

Location: Bridgehampton, New York

Category: Under 5,000 sq ft (category three)

Inside and out, the pavilion is a space for reflection on works by a single artist and is designed to enhance the relationship between the viewer and the work of art.

The De Maria Pavilion is part of an informal art walk that links several contemporary sculptures on an estate. Set within a walled 1920s “kitchen garden,” the design inverts the typical formal garden by reintroducing indigenous plantings: cedars, bayberry, white oaks and grasses.

The board-formed, concrete interior frames works by Walter De Maria, day-lit by a large skylight and window-wall. Light levels are modulated by light-diffusing glazing and motorized shades mounted above Alaskan Yellow Cedar rafters.

The facades of the pavilion reference the surrounding wall and dark granite of Large Grey Sphere, a 32-ton outdoor sculpture. Composed of 24-inch bricks, the east and west faces are set in a random bond pattern with alternating courses corbeled to create emphatic horizontal shadow lines. At the north and south, the brick is split and set in a header-only bond, creating a coarse texture that is a counterpoint to the polished surfaces of the art within.

Additional information

General contractor: Wright & Company

Structural, MEP, lighting, daylight analysis: Arup

Concrete: Reg Hough

Landscape architect: La Guardia Design Group


Jean Dufresne, AIA (Chair), Space Architects + Planners, Chicago

Richard Fernau, FAIA, Fernau + Hartman Architects, Berkeley, California

Joyce Hwang, AIA, Ants of the Prairie, Buffalo, New York

Jack Travis, FAIA, Jack Travis FAIA Architect, Bronx, New York

Kulapat Yantrasast, wHY Los Angeles, Culver City, California

Image credits


Nikolas Koenig


Nikolas Koenig


Nikolas Koenig


Nikolas Koenig


Nikolas Koenig