CRE Champion: The Gallery at America Place | Most Innovative Project

Sometimes less is more. 

That’s the idea behind America Place’s Gallery Building — a minimalist-architectural dream that’s part art gallery, part office space.

Jim Karp, owner and developer of the 40,000-square-foot, art-inspired office building in Jeffersonville’s River Ridge Commerce Center told Louisville Business First when it debuted in May 2018 that he believes the complex is “a beautiful mashup of commerce and culture. Karp said he hopes it becomes an “educational and inspirational hub.”

Renowned architect Kulapat Yantrasast, of Los Angeles-based wHY, who also designed the modern addition of the Louisville Speed Art Museum, envisioned a similar look at America Place, said Eric Goodman, founder and CEO of Form G Cos. LLC, which managed construction of the project.

“The exterior of the building showcases a checkerboard pattern of a metal rain-screen and curtainwall canted glass, which provides an abundance of natural light within the gallery space featuring 14-foot tall ceilings,” he said. “Lines inside the glass panels called ‘frit’ project patterns on the polished dark gray concrete floors. The architect’s signature exterior aluminum panels enhance the appearance of the building throughout the day as the sunlight passes over the reflective metal.”

Yantrasast’s touches can be seen throughout the building’s simple design — the walls are a bright white canvas for the explosions of color exhibited in the contemporary art. 

“The highlight of the space is the large event and gallery areas featuring art from Mr. Karp’s personal collection,” Goodman said. 

One of the more bold art pieces in the complex is a multicolored sculpture made of 181 glass spheres that change colors as you walk around it. The piece was designed by renowned Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and resembles a cluster of colorful balloons.

The Gallery Building is just the beginning of what’s planned at the 11-acre office park. 

America Place intends to build a 70,000-square-foot building next door. It also will be three stories and will be designed by Yantrasast. 

A 150,000-square-foot speculative warehouse at the corner of Salem Road and Lewman Way should be finished by the fourth quarter of this year.

Taylor King, director of real estate for America Place, told Louisville Business First that the firm plans to break ground this month on the building — the fourth large warehouse the company has developed at River Ridge. 

It’s pushing for a late October opening. 

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