Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

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Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

The first New York Frieze Art Fair took place last weekend inside a 450 metre-long snaking white tent designed by Brooklyn architects SO-IL.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Located between Manhattan, Bronx and Queens on Randall’s Island, the structure comprised six rented rectangular tents connected with wedge-shaped corner sections.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Strips of white tent fabric overhanging the two gabled ends were fanned out and fastened to the ground, creating partially sheltered entrances.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

This is the first year that the Frieze Art Fair has taken place in New York as well as London.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

See Carmody Groarke's timber pavilions for last year's London event here.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

See more stories about SO-IL here, including a temporary pavilion with reflective purple scales created for an arts festival in Beijing.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Photography is by Iwan Baan.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Here's some more information from SO-IL:


Frieze Art Fair NYC

Working with a prefabricated rental structure forced us to be inventive with a limited vocabulary.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Randall’s Island, situated in between Manhattan, Bronx and Queens is one of the few pieces of open land in New York City large enough to accommodate the 225,000sf, 1500 ft long structure.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Pie-shaped tent section wedges are inserted between six tent sections to relax and open up the standardized system, and offer amenities at each section as a moment of recess.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

The wedges bend the otherwise straight tent into a meandering, supple, shape.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

The winding form animates it on the unusual waterfront site, as well as establishing the temporary structure as an icon along the water.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

The wedges divide the relentless length of the fair into manageable sections.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Rather than exposing the end gable section at each end of the tent, we extended the tent roof fabric in stripes, dissolving the tent into the ground.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

The playful entrances introduce visitors to the experience within.

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

Client: Frieze Art Fair

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL
Location: New York

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL
Program: exhibition spaces, event space, cafes

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL
Area: 20.900 m² / 225,000 sf

Frieze Art Fair NYC by SO-IL

  • rohtmuz

    it's a tent.

  • Vic Stapel

    Stunning as a TENT! I wish they would do such things around Vancouver.