Rome, Italy 2006
The Gagosian Gallery in Rome was Gagosian’s first European gallery outside London. The project was designed together with the Italian architect Firouz Galdo.
The gallery occupies the site of a former banking hall on Via Francesco Crispi, near the Spanish steps. The main gallery space is the single large oval interior of the former banking hall, reached by steps up from the street entrance, and presents a dramatic length of curving wall to the arriving visitor. The steps and gallery floor are of thick grey limestone. Tall windows on one side bring natural light into the space. While a curved wall is very unusual for a gallery, the curves parallel to the long axis are sufficiently shallow in their radius to accommodate painting shows.
London, United Kingdom
The new Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair opens to the public today. The gallery opens with an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Cy Twombly.
Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso, Peter St John
Silvia Pfaffhauser, Florian Zierer