Powerhouse Arts, also know as Brooklyn's Batcave in 2012, is a non-for-profit organization that consists of a team of skilled and talented individuals. This rustic 119-year-old red brick building that overlooks Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal, once home to squatters and underground raves, was reformed to a hub where working artists can come and be creative as well as to be able to support the needs of other working artists in the community.
The 170,000 square foot creative space was completed in May of 2023 - designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in partnership with PBDW Architects. The new art venue offers fabrication shops for printmaking, public art, ceramics, metal, and woodworking available to artists and cultural institutions as well as open space available for education and public events. Inside the Turbine Hall (seen in the images), was a canvas for graffiti artists during its Batcave era in the early 2000's. Selux M130 interior linear lighting was throughout this project - a perfect solution for this high ceiling installation, due to it's high performance and uniformity. Each 4ft surface mounted luminaire was customized in color to match the color of the exposed ceiling, keeping the light source discreet. A blade louver and lens overlay was used on the single row light engine allowing for the a sleek and perfectly controlled, warm light distribution throughout.
client Powerhouse Workshop
architect Herzog & de Meuron and PBDW Architects
photographer Kate Glicksberg Photography
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