ZIMMERMAN Art Gallery’s core mission is to have art in the city centre that could be a part of the city’s environment, aiming to make art accessible to the local community.
With this in mind, the design intent of the space is about being open and inviting, using a design that remains unpretentious, yet sophisticated. Not only does it support upcoming local and international artists, but it invites its visitors to spend time within the building, enjoying not only the art, but the space itself. The overall experience is harmonious and relaxing, ensuring visitors don’t feel rushed.
A pale concrete floor makes the spaces feel light and large, to ensure the artwork has room to breathe. Perfect for high traffic areas, the matt concrete will be a low maintenance feature of the entire building.
A mix of large and small partition walls support the various exhibitions that rotate throughout the Gallery and their matt white surfaces ensure the artworks take centre stage.
Metallic details add sophistication to the blank canvas of white walls and floors. Initially seen in the receptions brass ‘sun’ that splays across its back wall as a sculptural feature, as well as the brass details seen in the café opposite.
Overall, the design allows visitors to the gallery a space to discover and support local artists. A space where they can experience an unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere that connects them to culture without feeling they need to be art buffs to do so.