Center for italian modern art

AREA: 4,000 SF


The Center for Italian Modern Art is a hybrid space that brings together aspects of a private residence with those of a public gallery. Not unlike the art salons of the 19th century, this private foundation gives public access to art in a domestic, non-institutional setting, combining a private context with a public mission and aspiration.

The SoHo loft site, a former rental apartment, was renovated to create a flexible layout accommodating public functions like exhibitions, lectures, performances, and films while also providing work space for two part-time scholars and living space for a scholar-in-residence.


CLIENT: Center for Italian Modern Art
ARCHITECT: Irina Verona (Principal); Veronica Kan, Chester Dols (team)
OWNER’S REP: Tim Dumbleton, James Cooper
LIGHTING DESIGN: Lumescent Systems, LLC
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Jack Green Associates
CONTRACTOR: Northeast Contracting Group
PHOTOS: Walter Smalling, Jr., BARKOW PHOTO