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Travel + Leisure Gives Parrish ‘Best Museum’ Award

August 5, 2014

In its tenth annual international design competition, Travel + Leisure magazine named Long Island’s Parrish Art Museum as Best Museum, recognizing the brilliant work of Architects Herzog & deMeuron in its design. The Parrish Museum was the only winner from the United States in 2014.

A six-member jury of distinguished design professionals chosen by Travel + Leisure were tasked with choosing “the best new examples of design” to present with awards. According to the website, “Many of this year’s favorites will come as no surprise, including the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Parrish Art Museum.” The publication described the Museum as, “brave enough to be humble” in the “land of riches that is the East End of Long Island.” The awards announcement went on to say:

“Harking back to the agricultural structures that once dominated the landscape, the [Parrish] museum’s shape evokes that of a barn, if an extraordinarily long, twin-gabled, and finely detailed one. The line it draws in an open meadow is striking in its simplicity; inside, the central corridor is flanked by galleries, while a wide, covered terrace at one end extends a friendly invitation to step into a world of American art.”

The 34,400-square-foot building in Water Mill, New York was the first art museum built on the East End of Long Island in more than a century and the cultural centerpiece and most recognizable architectural landmark in the region. The new building provides 12,200 square feet of gallery space, much of which is dedicated to installations of the Museum’s permanent collection, which includes nearly 3,000 works from the nineteenth century to the present.

The design of the new Museum, which opened in November 2012,references the vernacular architecture of the East End to emphasize the relationship of art to nature, and to be flexible and welcoming. Herzog & de Meuron principal Jacques Herzog said, “Our design … is a reinterpretation of… the traditional house form.”

Ascan Mergenthaler, Senior Partner, added, “The starting point was the artist’s studio in the East End of Long Island. Visitors will be able to appreciate the works in the kind of light most artists prefer.”

The Parrish Art Museum is the oldest cultural institution on the East End of Long Island, uniquely situated within one of the most concentrated creative communities in the United States. The Parrish is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of art from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular focus on honoring the rich creative legacy of the East End, celebrating the region’s enduring heritage as a vibrant art colony, telling the story of our area, our “sense of place,” and its national—even global—impact on the world of art.

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