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Dia Finally Shares Plans for Chelsea Building Two Years Later

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It's been more than two years since the Dia Art Foundation announced its plans to build a new space at its former home in Chelsea, and, at long last, the art organization has outlined its plans for West 22nd Street. About a year ago, Dia bought the former Alcamo Marble building at 541 West 22nd Street in Chelsea for $11.5 million. The lot is situated between Dia's former space at No. 545 and its existing space at No. 535. The new Dia will combine the three lots into a 22,000-square-foot structure, creating 15,670 square feet of gallery space and 3,625 square feet of rooftop space for outdoor exhibits.

Dia Director Philippe Vergne said they would not be tapping a starchitect to execute the plans, and instead, they've enlisted Roger Duffy, a partner at Skidmore Owings & Merill. Per the Times, Duffy designed "a single building with a masonry-and-glass facade along the north side of West 22nd Street. It will consist of the one-story structure at what is now No. 545; a three-story building that will be erected on the site of the marble works at No. 541, and the ground floor of No. 535." Vergne would not say how much the new building will cost, or how much money has been raised for its construction.
· Dia Outlines Plan for New Building In Chelsea [NYT]
· Dia Art Foundation [official website]
· Dia Art Foundation coverage [Curbed]