Montclair State University, George Segal Art Gallery

Montclair, New Jersey

  • FIRM

    ikon.5 architects


    Montclair State University

  • AREA

    7,650 sq.ft.





The George Segal Art Gallery is an exhibition space uniquely situated within Montclair State University’s existing main parking garage. This location presented many design challenges. The parking garage is situated centrally on campus and is attached to the university’s performing-arts center. Students and visitors coming to campus exit the parking garage on the fourth ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$180.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYExhibition Space/Galleries next to the art gallery, thereby placing the art gallery at a convenient and highly visible threshold to the campus community.

The main design challenge was to create a spacious and flexible exhibition space within the restrictive structure of the parking garage. Illuminated ceilings reinforce movement and detachment as a method of creating a theatric sense of space and light. Movable display walls transform the space easily from a large open gallery to a series of intimate cubicles.

The character is set by the richness of the bamboo floor, the coolness of the white walls and ceiling. The overall result dramatically transports visitors from a

9-foot concrete parking deck into a spacious world of the visual arts.

“Interesting and expressive use of wood details.”--2007 jury