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Peterson Rich Office Finds Artistry in the Reuse of Existing Structures

On New York’s Lower East Side, Peterson Rich Office transformed a historic former fabric company headquarters into a home for Galerie Perrotin.
On New York’s Lower East Side, Peterson Rich Office transformed a historic former fabric company headquarters into a home for Galerie Perrotin.

At the point of intersection between art and history is where one finds the work of Peterson Rich Office. Founded in 2012 by partners (in work and life) Miriam Peterson and Nathan Rich, the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based architecture firm has long held the arts close to its heart: its first project was a painting studio located in a floodplain in Lyme, Connecticut. It was there, too, that the couple became fascinated by the now-fashionable practice of adaptive reuse, transforming a building rather than starting from scratch, using as much of its existing material and structure as possible.

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