RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio, will design the lobby and exhibition spaces for the New York debut of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
RA Projects’ design will integrate the 1:54 fair’s exhibition space into the reclaimed iron works factory that houses Pioneer Works, as well as transform the building’s lobby to accommodate a cafe and areas for reception and special events. These different spaces will be defined by sculptural interventions in rich colors that create contrasting but sensitive temporary additions to the building’s existing brick structure.
RA Projects previously designed the second edition of 1:54 in London, which was held at the historic Somerset House from October 16–19, 2014.
RA Projects was established in 2009 by architect Rashid Ali. Since its inception, the studio has worked on an array of projects, ranging in use and scale from an architecture and art installations to planning strategies. Recent projects include residential and boutique retail projects in the UK and cultural strategies in Africa and Latin America. RA Projects has been widely recognized for their building projects as well as research output, including being nominated for the prestigious Young Architect of the Year Award in 2008 and 2011.