Project scope: Full services
Completed: 2005
: Pharmaka Non Profit
Size: 1,200 sq. ft.
Christoph Kapeller: designer

The relationship between beholder and painting takes center stage and the space must reinforce this interaction. History, as in decades of use and wear, are exposed. Floor and ceiling are left untouched to narrate stories of the space’s colorful history. In stark
contrast, the new curvilinear art-wall is inserted almost as if it were a giant piece of furniture, accommodating uses such as office, toilet room and storage. Alcoves cut into the art-wall contain reception and an alcove for smaller works. Excessive daylight is
blocked by a series of exhibition walls that extend to about two thirds of the glazed storefront while a giant wall at the end of the gallery forms a scene-like backdrop.