Situ Studio. Full scale mock-up for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Rendering of reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Sectional Drawing of reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio's New Built Environment in Brooklyn Museum

Situ Studio. Part production for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Part production for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Plan for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Elevation study for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

 

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
718-638-5000
Brooklyn
reOrder:
An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio

March 4, 2011-January 15, 2012

reOrder: An Architectural Environment by Situ Studio inaugurates the Brooklyn Museum’s renovation of its first-floor 10,000-square-foot colonnaded hall. On view March 4, 2011, through January 15, 2012, the space-altering, site-specific architectural installation was created by Situ Studio, a Brooklyn-based creative practice specializing in design and fabrication. The installation reimagines the classically ordered space to serve as a hub, a place for all Museum visitors to meet and relax.

Situ Studio’s design, which engages the existing monumental columns, consists of a series of suspended fabric canopies utilizing some 2,200 yards of fabric and furnishings that swell, expand, and augment the profiles of the columns, transforming them from base to capital. Adopting the century-old columns as central elements in the design, Situ Studio’s installation will engage the unique scale and details of McKim, Mead & White’s iconic late 19th-century structure with the goal of transforming the hall, creating a series of spaces that alternate between the colossal and the intimate.

Each canopy will be covered in Sunbrella® fabric in the style Canvas-Natural, donated by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. The fabric will be folded and then stretched over suspended bent steel tubing and plywood rings, each with a unique radius that will give each column a different form. The fabric used in reOrder will either be returned to the manufacturing facility for recycling or reused for future projects by SITU Studio once the installation is complete.

The installation will also feature benches and tables around each column composed of sheets of LG Hausys HI-MACS® solid surfacing, which were donated by LG Hausys America. The sheets will be transformed into three-dimensional benches and tables using a sophisticated and controlled heat process known as thermoforming. This project will be the first installation in the newly renovated Great Hall, which has been completely redesigned by Ennead Architects, formerly known as Polshek Partnership.

The new installation will celebrate a remarkable, double-height space that has evolved through many designs from its creation. For several years the hall was used to display pre-Columbian and Native American material. When the Situ installation closes in 2012, the central gallery space will be used as an introduction to the Museum’s comprehensive collections, which range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary works.

Situ Studio was founded in 2005 in Brooklyn, while its five partners were studying architecture at the Cooper Union. 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. Recent work includes the design and fabrication of six models for the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Solar Pavilion series, three temporary structures created for the green arts and energy organization Solar One.

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. Bloomberg is presenting sponsor of reOrder.

Situ Studio. Study for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Full scale mock-up for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Sketch for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Part production for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.

Situ Studio. Part production for reOrder, installation in the Great Hall of Brooklyn Museum in 2011.