Dia:Beacon

Dia:Beacon is an award-winning design for a contemporary art museum housed in the former Nabisco Box Factory on New York's Hudson River.

Otto Design Group's Director of Design, Alan Koch, guided the conversion of the sprawling factory into the permanent home of Dia collection with his former New York office OpenOffice, in collaboration with renowned artist Robert Irwin.

Beacon, NY


The project works to create a powerful yet discrete context for painting, sculpture, and landscape by optimizing natural light and minimizing the use of material resources. Balancing the needs of individual artworks with the strength of the exposed building structure and large factory floor plates, the design team carefully calibrated new interior insertions to create a restrained architecture that firmly embraces the artworks and visitors without overwhelming either.

The former administrative wing houses a bookstore, café, educational media facilities, and offices. Working together with artist, Robert Irwin, the design team additionally developed a new entry passage, site circulation, parking and landscape for the museum’s exterior surrounds.


Architects / Principals-in-charge

OpenOffice arts+architecture collaborative
Alan Koch, Lyn Rice, Galia Solomonoff, Linda Taalman


Architect-of-record

Lyn Rice


Team Leader

Jay Hindmarsh


Project Team

Astrid Lipka, Leif Halverson, Howard Chu, Martin Hagel, Damen Hamilton, Anoo Raman, Alisa Andrasek, Ava Hamilton


Master Plan + Landscape

Robert Irwin


Structural Engineer

Ross Dalland, PE


MEP / FP Engineering

Ove Arup


Civil Engineering

T.M. Depuy Civil Engineering


Specifications

Construction Specifications


Hardware

Glezen-Fisher


Preservation Consultant

Jeffrey Shrimpton