point b design: D gallery
point b design: D gallery point b design: D gallery
jul 13, 2012

point b design: D gallery

‘D gallery’ by point b design, philadelphia, pennsylvania, USA images courtesy of point b design

philadelphia-based practice point b design has completed the ‘D gallery’ just outside their home city, which entails a pre-fabricated gallery for a private art collection, a residential renovation, pool house, and encompassing grounds. a series of weathered steel frames placed at regular intervals rest upon a thick concrete anchor spanning the length of the gallery. clad with a bright red mosaic of panels, the upper level is comprised of a metal construction that cantilevers on three wide flange beams attached to a similar substructure.

lining the presentation area is a custom designed wire mesh that provides a functional flexibility when displaying the varying art pieces. large glass panes, secured by structural steel mullions, enclose the gallery space and allow the landscape to become part of the spatial experience. the irregular sawtooth design of the roof and the contrasting rigidity of the first floor creates a constant shift in perspective throughout the program. much detail was taken into consideration on a multitude of scales from the overall formal diagram to the detailing of the door handles and stair railing connections.

exterior concrete beam and gallery spaces

entrance to main gallery space

swimming pool and gallery space

entrance volume and elevated gallery

main gallery glass wall

glass wall

interior gallery space


interior with stairs to upper gallery

view from upstairs gallery

upstairs gallery

door handle detail

staircase detail with steel rods

steel frame system


auxiliary gallery entrance

structural frame diagram

site plan 1. gallery 2. walkway 3. addition 4. pool 5. pool house

floor plans 1. gallery 2. entry 3. storage 4. powder room 5. upper gallery 6. mechanical 7. bar

frame section

gallery space systems

connection details

exploded axonometric

  • Most amazing building I have every seen! Philadelphia Freedom and great neo-Renaissance for 2012 viewing on DesignBoom–even a right close to home use of Chicken Wire to hang art at my residence to art gallery transition! You prove that American architecture from the USA is gold medal standard this Olympic season overcoming “Bird’s Nest” in Beijin, China? Show me more and let’s work on 206 N. Cass St., if you have some volunteer time:-)
    Steve G. Davis, M.A.
    206 N. Cass St.
    P.O. Box 48
    Berrien Springs, MI 49103 [email protected]

    Steve G. Davis, with architecture too as a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Media Technology, Public Relations, Marketing and Design (1991 Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan) says:
  • \”Most amazing building I have every seen!\”

    Really? Well, after spending all that money, I suppose one is reluctant to say anything but positve comments…Still, the hyperbole is a bit childish, IMHO, with all due respect to one so credentialed.

    The piece is boring…immature…egotistical…irrelevant…and strangely vapid.

    Higher Education…hmmm, go figure

    Chaszr says:
  • Love the stairs!

    Boring? Looks pretty unique to me. I’ve certainly never seen anything like it.

    The red really carries through from the upper gallery to the pool. Two thumbs up.

    yssagul says:
  • No doubt intense consideration was given to the project. I\’m not sure the goals as stated here are realized, but it could be a representation issue. I really hate designboom haters, and that\’s not what I\’m saying here. There\’s a lot happening and for me invokes the geometries of Eisenman\’s DAAP building. I can\’t see how that specifically is a nice way to talk about work – but I appreciate its conversation.

    Annie says:
  • yes…when all else fails…invoke “The Haters”. We architects have a responsibility…in my incredibly unpopular and apparantly hateful opinion, a very serious one. When the architectural equivalent of yelling “FIRE” in a crowded theatre is committed, the architect in question should be called out. Now while it’s true that this trivial piece of private property would be unworthy of real debate, its application to be published, and commented upon, becomes quite public and brings to question in the public-at-large, the very real value of an already pummelled profession…or would everyone simply like to sweep POMO under the rug. Yes, I proudly identify with those who would hate the current state of “anything goes design”.

    “Boring? Looks pretty unique to me. I’ve certainly never seen anything like it.”

    “No doubt intense consideration was given to the project.”

    Those statements could be the anthem for such a manifesto as this piece represents…but yes, let’s be polite. After all, what’s really at stake here?

    Chaszr says:
  • Well, I don\’t think it is the most amazing building I have ever seen, knowing Europe… But it is not bad and definitely not boring, it is different and would say I really like more the structure and the solution that was given more than the Facade itself.

    Arq. Andros says:
  • grab a tea mr. Chaszr and relax, open your eyes and appreciate stuff that will make your life much happier. Within the realm of architecture there could be a lot of branches, styles, intensions and ways of creating a space that will perform in a certain way. In this case i believe its responding to the playfulness of the lack of a rigid program and dealing with the desires of the client. The way they resolved structure, textures and shapes are definitely clever and PLAYFUL.

    But like i said, a good architect should be able to appreciate different types of architecture and accept when they did a good job even tho u dont like the style.

    Jaiba says:

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