The Richmont Square apartments on Richmond Ave. get knocked down in the new master plan for the Menil Collection campus. Speaking at a public forum last night, British architect David Chipperfield referred to the Menil’s big multifamily property as “this thing getting in our way.”
Cite magazine’s Raj Mankad describes more details of the Chipperfield plan:
The car park along Alabama would be strengthened with the new bookshop, cafe, and auditorium nearby. The key change would be to connect West Main across the site [to Yupon] through the area occupied by the northern end of Richmont Square. The complete street grid would surround a new green space that would also be made possible by the clearing of the north side of the apartments. It would connect, slightly off axis, with the current Menil park between the main building and the Rothko. The Drawing Institute and Study Center and Single Artist Studios would be sited around the new green space. And along Richmond itself, the plan calls for dense residential and commercial development.
What the master plan does not change is as notable as what it does. Most of the bungalows are preserved. Chipperfield repeatedly referred to their “precious” and “hidden” domestic character. The current main building and park remain the center of gravity.
Director Josef Helfenstein told listeners that Chipperfield’s plan has already been approved by the Menil board.
- Chipperfield Speaks at the Menil [OffCite]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Menil Looks at Richmond, The Richmond Lights Shall Not Be Moved, What the New Collection of Menil Collections Might Look Like