Creativity doesn’t always strike from out of the blue — it’s often expressed by carefully changing that which already exists. The latter approach was favored by A. Lerman Architects as they set about transforming a humble, rough warehouse into a contemporary art gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel. The resulting gallery showcases the work of emerging visual artists in a space that is raw but also resolved. The light renovation elegantly exposes the history of the building, providing a backdrop for new expression.
The 40’s-era print factory went through an extensive remodel in the late fifties when ad hoc changes were made to improve lighting and ventilation. The upstairs was added during the first remodel, and it has now been converted to a more traditional art space with white walls. The architects kept the openings in the front of the building, treating them with modern glass in dark frames to make them stand out from the cement-toned façade.
The original loading I-beam remains untouched with the glass cut around it. All utilities are left raw and even scribbles on the walls have been preserved to relay the working history of the space. An interesting gesture in itself, the gallery speaks not to just what was but what could be next.