Amant New York
Located in the borough of Brooklyn in New York City, Amant expands across three locations: 932 Grand Street, 315 Maujer Street and 306 Maujer Street. A series of courtyards and thoroughfares weave through and between the buildings thereby integrating art spaces into the urban fabric of East Williamsburg. The Amant complex respond to its neighbors via the use of an industrial palette of concrete and masonry that have been endowed with deep textures, tactility, and detail.
This cultural incubator functions both privately and publicly, with artist studios, galleries, offices, bookstore and a cafe. The architecture of the space facilitates diverse models of experimenting, producing, and exhibiting to avoid hierarchies within disciplines and forms of knowledge.
At 315 Maujer, gallery spaces and offices are enclosed in a single volume of white bricks set in a continuous rotation around the building and whose shadows accentuate this movement. Above the masonry section, an uninterrupted band of exterior aluminum louvers diffuses daylight into a 22 ft tall gallery space. A textured concrete path connects the street front to a courtyard that opens onto a garden.
932 Grand was an existing marble shop converted to house over 2,000 SF of gallery space and a Café/Book Store. The exterior is newly clad in a scored clay brick and semi-open galvanized steel channels, with a small outdoor courtyard buffering the gallery from Grand street.
315 Maujer and 932 Grand are spaces for exhibiting and meeting and will be open regularly to the public from Wednesday to Sunday.
At 306 Maujer, two deeply textured cast-in-place concrete volumes enclose a 1500 SF lush garden. One of the buildings is an art residence that consists of a ground floor with a communal area and library that residents use for regular seminars, meetings and small gatherings with invited guests. Four daylit artist studios occupy the floor above.
306 Maujer Street works as a more private and intimate space, oriented to art-making and collective discussion and on occasion will be open to visitors through events, gatherings and communal celebrations.
Walkways at the east and west perimeter connect to a second concrete volume housing Geza, a 1800SF of multifunctional space dedicated to live events—performance, sound, spoken word, and expanded approaches to the moving image. Geza is the space where our exhibition and public programs merge with the residency activities as a space for rehearsal and multifunctional uses.
Amant Foundation was designed by the Brooklyn-based firm SO–IL.