The Drawing Center / 2012

ArchitectWXY Architecture + Urban Design

Fa├žade ContractorRoxy Lab LLC

This renovation and expansion of The Drawing Center, a small museum in SoHo, features a custom skylight system in one of the main galleries, which collects and redirects sunlight to provide indirect diffuse lighting to the gallery interior. Natural day-lighting from the skylight serves as the primary illumination for the exhibits during the day.

Front completed the skylight as design-build, which required the production of calculations, shop drawings, and fabrication drawings. The skylight is composed of laminated glass and insulated aluminum panels mechanically restrained in a stick-built aluminum frame. The laminated glass is additionally designed to filter out nearly 100% of ultra-violet rays, as well as to maintain optimal color-rendering in the interior space for museum-quality lighting.