T Space Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY | Steven Holl Architects
T Space Rhinebeck is an art gallery and cultural venue located in Dutchess County, New York. Managed by the Steven Myron Holl Foundation, the center also includes two pavilions and a small house designed by acclaimed American architect Steven Holl.
The complex – located into a 4-acres site bordering a small lake about 90 miles north of New York City, known as T2 Reserve – includes various small buildings, pavilions, and huts. The center’s main exhibition venues are the T Space and Space T2.
Built in 2010, T Space is a t-shaped pavilion (hence its name) which, supported by nine thin steel columns, “floats” over a gently sloped terrain surrounded by the magnificent landscape of the Hudson River Valley.
The pavilion is a dry construction building whose external skin is made of 2×2 cedar, with interior walls clad with painted plywood sheets, and a floor paved in marine plywood.
The building doesn’t have plumbing, heating, or an artificial lighting system; the interior is exclusively illuminated by an array of carefully oriented skylights.
Completed in 2016, Space T2 is a 750-square-foot pavilion resulting from the expansion and renovation of a late 1950’s hunting hut, Holl transformed the old shack into an exhibition and performance space by adding seven “light turrets” protruding from the original wooden structure. Similarly to the T Space pavilion, Space T2 is a very simple construction, mostly made in wood (coated in black tar, in this case) and lacking any type of technical system.
It is an unpretentious space, whose formal simpleness and clever use of natural light somewhat remember, though in a larger and more articulated building, those of the beautiful “Cabanon” Le Corbusier designed in 1951 as a leisure abode for himself in Cap Martin, southern France.
Program of events and activities
The program of events of T Space Rhinebeck is multidisciplinary by nature and features special exhibitions of visual arts and architecture, site-specific art commissions, poet readings, musical performances, workshops, educational programs, guided tours, and special events.
Since its opening, T Space Rhinebeck has produced exhibitions and events featuring some of the most interesting figures of today’s creativity, including Neil Denari, Sarah Oppenheimer, Susan Stewart, Patrick Higgins, Nick Montfort, Ai Weiwei, Terry Winters, Richard Tuttle, and Alyson Shotz, among many others.
Overall, the activities of the T Space Rhinebeck gallery are especially focused on the intertwining of different means of creative expression, and on the relationship between man and nature.
“The fusion of art, poetry, music, and architecture is a core aim of ‘T’ Space. Today, the overload of information brings with it an atmosphere of exhaustion and superficiality. A great breadth of digital information is instantly available and segregated into categories. The prevalence of separating the Arts prevents the potential of one to inspire the other. Yet, as in the greatest cultural cycles in history, the Arts are interrelated. Architecture, painting, sculpture, music, and poetry all inspire one another. ‘T’ Space aims to synthesize the arts and present original works in the Hudson Valley.” (from the center’s mission statement).
T Space Rhinebeck is open each Sunday usually from late May through mid-autumn (see the center’s website to get up-to-date info on current opening times)
Images courtesy of Steven Holl Architects, and Steven Myron Holl Foundation
T Space Rhinebeck, general plan; image courtesy of the Steven Myron Holl Foundation
Along with the T Space and Space T2, the complex also includes another building designed by Steven Holl, the Ex Of IN house, built in 2016; photo © Paul Warchol
T Space, exterior views; photos © Susan Wides
T Space, ground floor plan, Image courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
T Space, Alyson Shotz. Interval, 2014, installation view
T Space, Richard Tuttle & Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge. Hello, the Roses, 2016, installation view
Ai Weiwei, Suger Pills, 2013, installation view
Neil Denari, Displaced Buildings in Aperiodic City, 2017, installation view
T Space, interior view; photo © Susan Wides
Space T2, exterior views, images courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Space T2, ground floor plan, conceptual sketch, and model; images courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Space T2, interior views; photos courtesy of Steven Holl Architects
Cover image; T Space in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY, exterior view; photo © Susan Wides