photo buffs from around the globe have been able to find the international center of photography's midtown premises blindfolded, but as of late they need to adjust their navigation. although still based there, the institute has relocated its gallery space to brand new premises in nolita. called the icp museum, it occupies the ground floor and basement of a residential building, featuring an interior design that's concocted by architecture practice skidmore, owings & merrill. the venue's design intentionally signals an openness that's obvious from afar by way of its large floor-to-ceiling windows framed by thick stainless steel that not only allow generous views of the ground floor, but also seemingly connect with the street and its hustle and bustle. up front the very visible maman café + bakery is situated which spills into icp museum's front gallery. a large rear gallery lies deeper inside the building, while a lower gallery in the basement is only accessible by elevator and stairway. the interior ooze an slight industrial vibe as ceilings and utility pipes are exposed, and offset support colums in concrete finish. key features allow the icp museum to exhibit work in many ways, and ceiling-mounted power grids in all galleries enable flexible and precise lighting. location: 250 bowery [nolita].
© skidmore, owings & merrill / photography: saul metnick