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By Jenna McKnight

Brooklyn studio SO-IL has used corbelled brickwork to create a textured entrance to an art gallery in New York's Chelsea neighbourhood.

Located on West 21st Street in Manhattan, the Tina Kim Gallery sits at the centre of an arts district near the High Line park.

The two-storey, century-old brick building formerly housed the Casey Kaplan gallery, which moved out last year. SO-IL was hired to redesign the ground-level arts venue, with an emphasis on creating a new entryway.

"This project was a simple transformation of an existing gallery," said firm co-founder Florian Idenburg. "We wanted to make a more distinctive entry that pulls the public in.”

To achieve this goal, the firm recessed the main door and framed it with staggered bricks – a reinterpretation of the projecting architectural detail known as the corbel...