© Brett Beyer
The renovation and expansion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio in New York, led by OMA Partner Shohei Shigematsu, organizes the studio’s multiple functions around a central, light-filled courtyard. The studio, located in a converted 1885 schoolhouse in New York’s Lower East Side, previously consisted of one floor on the ground level. The expanded space now includes both the basement level and an adjacent storefront on First Street. Now twice the original square footage, the expanded headquarters enhances the artist’s capability for production, exhibition and reception.