Rail Yard, Arles, France
Art-darling architect Annabelle Selldorf is preparing designs for an art and research center for the Swiss-based LUMA Foundation in an erstwhile rail yard in Arles. It remains to be seen whether Selldorf will go the way of Frank Gehry (proximity to an ancient cemetery in the town complicated his designs for a tower to house a multifunctional space for LUMA) or Picasso (who experienced one of the most productive years of his career there). The first part of the project, Ateliers des Forges, opens in July.
German-Swiss couple Burkhard Varnholt and Salome Grisard purchased the KINDL brewery (pictured) in Berlin’s Neukölln neighborhood, hired a curator and are transforming the 60,000-square-foot redbrick complex into a contemporary art center that is drawing comparisons to London’s Tate Modern. The brewery campus features a seven-story tower and an old boiler house with 65-foot ceilings, where beer wort was combined with hops. Going forward, the space will be used for a different sort of infusion: site-specific works and artistic interventions. Opening in fall 2014; Am Sudhaus 2; kindl-berlin.com.
Police Station, Hong Kong
In the center of downtown Hong Kong, architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron is reviving a prison yard and police complex from the 19th century. On a crowded island where commerce and consumption have long superseded green space and cultural offerings, the architects are covering the walls with plants and turning the yard into a cluster of gallery and exhibition spaces and a multipurpose performance venue. It’s also designing headquarters for several public art organizations on behalf of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, a private charity aimed at improving life in the city. Expected to open in 2015; 10 Hollywood Rd., Central, Hong Kong; centralpolicestation.org.hk
Sugar Factory, Brooklyn
In May, the Domino Sugar Factory—iconic ruins on the Williamsburg skyline whose fate hangs in the balance between developers and New York’s new mayor—will play host to the largest installation yet from America’s most august black female artist, Kara Walker. Walker, who’s magically real and macabre silhouettes typically deal with race in America, has announced a title for her work—A Subtlety—and will use the aura of the factory to grapple with the intense history around sugar production in the New World. Opening May 10; 316 Kent Ave.; creativetime.org.