Opening of BMW Guggenheim Lab

Date & Time

START: 1:00 PM August 3, 2011
END: 9:00 PM August 3, 2011


BMW Guggenheim Lab, a project by the Guggenheim Museum and BMW, opens on August 3rd on a previously empty lot in the East Village. The goal of the lab is to explore different issues facing contemporary cities and provide a public forum for sharing ideas and practical solutions.

Maria Nicano, the assistant curator of the Guggenheim, describes the lab as “an urban think-tank, community center, and a gathering space.” Each city’s lab will have a distinct theme and a unique structure, specially designed for its space. The lot in NYC is located on First Street, right off of Houston between First and Second Avenues. Atelier Bow-Wow created what they call “a traveling toolbox” made from carbon fiber. The lower part is described as a Mediterranean loggia, which will mostly be left open and act as a public plaza. Visitors will be able to enter from both sides creating a “cross pollination and user interaction.”

The box structure will hover above the plaza and its moveable parts — screens, lighting, shelves, seating — will be lowered and raised depending on what the plaza is being used for. The toolbox has all of the pieces to accommodate almost any type of event, from lectures and performances to gatherings and experiments. Small wooden structures placed outside the box will house restrooms and a cafe, creating an interesting juxtaposition between the features:

Whereas the main BMW Guggenheim Lab structure is forward-looking in its materiality and highly urban in its programmatic approach, the design of the restrooms and cafe references timeless timber construction that has been used in many settings, both rural and urban. Together, the wooden shelters and the main BMW Guggenheim Lab structure will form a temporary twenty-first-century ensemble that in each city will frame a particular urban void.

The lab will be hosting a variety of workshops and classes, so check the website for the most up to date information.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday: 1–9 pm
Thursday: 1–9 pm
Friday: 1–10 pm
Saturday: 10 am–10 pm
Sunday: 10 am–10 pm
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)

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