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.

ODG'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


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


Construction Specifications



Preservation Consultant

Jeffrey Shrimpton