Southampton, N.Y., is set to lose one of its major art attractions this November, when the Parrish Art Museum moves to a new Herzog & de Meuron–designed building a few miles away, in Watermill, N.Y. But the village has been preparing for its move by planning a multi-use cultural center called the Southampton Center on the grounds of the old Parrish museum. Today ArtsBeat reports that David Rockwell has been tapped to design an open-air pavilion there. It is set to be completed by next summer.
As Observer Culture Editor Sarah Douglas reported last summer, the Southampton Center will be home to a diverse set of programming, from dance and theater to concerts and lectures. In the winter it will become an ice-skating rink.
Southampton Village Administrator Stephen Funsch told Gallerist that a fund-raiser was just hired for the project, and that the pavilion is expected to cost around $800,000 to $900,000 to build.
The pavilion is just the first part for the center. “We’re also in the process of refurbishing the [Parrish] building,” Mr. Funsch said. That renovation work is expected to cost around $6 million—construction is set to begin in 2013 or 2014. Once the work is complete, it will be home to additional programming.