Public Space LS Design Leila Heller Gallery
Showcasing some of the leading regional and international artists – many of whom presenting their work in the Middle East for the first time – Leila Heller Gallery consists of two warehouses merged with one another and transformed into an enticing gallery space.
This particular project required a functioning exhibition space with natural light, a welcoming entrance that could separate the two galleries, as well as a fully operational back-of-house area in which to conduct day-to-day activities.
To accomplish this, the designers created a welcoming entrance that separates both galleries without visibly enclosing them. The raised plinth serves as a threshold between the three galleries and the small works reference and artist library. Wandering throughout the galleries, visitors find themselves enveloped by minimalist design and powerful raw materials.
Design highlights include the mezzanine skylight offering beautiful natural lighting, and a custom spiral industrial staircase that presents both a sculptural element and a formal entrance to the upstairs private viewing gallery and staff offices.
The judges enjoyed the subtle architectural details that enhance functionality without overshadowing the art, as well as the excellent use of natural light.
identity Design The LS Design team with Marco Piva, Awards head judge