November 21, 2012
The Parrish Art Museum by Herzog & de Meuron; All photos © Matthu Placek
When Herzog & de Meuron speak of their design for the new Parrish Art Museum in the East Hamptons as being “almost banal”, they say more than they mean. The “admission”, of course, is designed to provoke, a kind of polemical (and PR) shorthand for the current state of architectural production where budgets are routinely halved and projects jettisoned with little warning. Found without the finances to pay for more ambitious schemes, the mannered gestures are dropped, swapped out for a formal austerity necessitated by the economic climate but supposedly enriched by a newfound clarity of space and program. Continue.