Frieze Art Fair Unveils NYC Pavilion Plans

Ariel view of the site and SO-IL's tent. (Courtesy Frieze Art Fair New York)

Frieze Art Fair’s first New York event will be housed in a distinctive serpentine structure designed by Brooklyn-based Solid Objectives—Idenburg Liu (SO-IL) architects. Continuing the tradition of creating bespoke temporary spaces for its London fairs, Frieze will construct a massive tent on the shore of Randall’s Island (don’t worry—ferries will run every 15 minutes).

Seating areas in one of the glass-walled "wedges." (Courtesy Frieze Art Fair New York)

The long, white vinyl tent, divided into six sections, will curve along the riverfront with the addition of glass-walled wedges at each hinge. These junctures also provide seating and passage to the outdoor spaces, where visitors can patronize food carts being brought in for the event. The glass walls provide views of the East River, and the tent skin will let in diffuse sunlight.

The entry of the pavilion. (Courtesy Frieze Art Fair New York)

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