Brooklyn based SO-IL architects has been selected to design the temporary space that will house Frieze New York 2012, one of London’s leading arts fairs which is coming to New York for the first time this spring on May 4-7. To be located on the East River waterfront on Randall’s Island, the fair is host to over 180 of the world’s leading contemporary art galleries. SO-IL’s design acknowledges its waterfront setting while also being mindful of its temporary nature. “The first challenge was to establish the structure as an icon, beyond being a very large tent”, said Floiran Indenburg and Jing Liu, Principals of Solid Objectives-Indenberg Liu (SO-IL). “With the ambition to relax and open up what would otherwise be a rigorous system, we devised a slightly mutated pie-shaped tent section, using “wedges’ which we inserted into the structure at five locations”. The wedges allow the tent to be manipulated into a snakelike configuration.
The selection of SO-IL continues Frieze’s approach of mining young cutting edge architects to design the temporary exhibition space for its art fairs. Past Frieze Art Fair designers include Camody Groarke (2011), Caruso St John (2008-2010), Jamie Fobert (2006-2007), and David Adjaye (2003-2005).