540 West 26th Street, located in the heart of Chelsea’s gallery district, is a nine-story commercial building offering contemporary loft-style offices and large exhibition spaces. Rising on the site of a former parking lot, the design pays homage to the warehouses of the neighborhood’s past with a façade of large factory-sash windows set in a bead-blasted recessed aluminum grid that gives the rigorous geometric facade a sense of depth. Inside, a restrained palette of blackened steel, finished concrete, and salvaged wood further reflects Chelsea’s industrial character while adding texture to the refined, almost minimalist spaces. The building’s lower levels are specifically designed for new gallery and exhibition space, offering curators versatile, well-lit spaces. The office spaces above are similarly flexible, with generous floor plans, and natural light that penetrates deep into the space.
The entire office component of the building was leased quickly to two tenants: a local private school looking for expansion space, and a large artist-driven pop music entertainment company.
Image Credits: Alexander Severin