In 1968 American artist, Donald Judd, bought a five story building at 101 Spring Street, New York. Designed by Nicholas Whyte and constructed in 1870, this building became the residence and studio to Mr. Judd.
As one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century, and since passing away in 1994, his amazing and somewhat crazy ideas and work still continue to inspire and influence the art, architecture, and design of today.
Spring Street became the place that Judd started the permanent installations of his work as well as many of his famous contemporary pieces. Judd purchased another property in Marfa, Texas in 1973 where he also continued installing his and the work of others on a permanent basis right up until he died.
Now, Donald Judd's home is open to the public following a three-year restoration. The project, managed by Architecture Research Office (ARO), consisted of keeping the open-plan layout created by Judd, while reconditioning the timber floors and exposed plaster walls. Their aim was to preserve Judd's vision for the building, while making it accessible to the public. They had to replace an existing spiral staircase to bring the building in line with current health and safety standards.
Spring Street contains over 500 of his artworks, including original sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, and furniture designed by Judd and others. Throughout the building Judd installed artworks by Jean Arp, Carl Andre, Larry Bell, John Chamberlain, Marcel Duchamp, Dan Flavin, David Novros, Claes Oldenburg, Ad Reinhardt, Lucas Samaras, and Frank Stella – all of which viewers are able to explore.
If you're headed to NY, book a visit here.
Images taken from Dezeen.