Acclaimed architect Bruce Nagel opens a gallery in Westhampton beach to display his photographs and buildings—and to build a community.
The staircase in a Bridgehampton home designed by Bruce Nagel.
“For a while, I’ve been wanting to do something in which as an architect I could actually display my work in a public forum fashion,” says award-winning local architect Bruce Nagel about The Architect’s Gallery, his new Westhampton Beach space in which he combines two of his passions. Nagel’s personal photography—all black-and-white images—hangs on one side of the gallery, while photos of his architectural achievements are displayed on the opposite wall. The two worlds are separated by a long wooden table in the center of the space, where Nagel can meet and talk with visitors.
“I thought that photography would be a good draw for people,” he says. “I thought if it was just pictures of architecture, people wouldn’t be all that interested.” Wanting to give the place an energetic, convivial atmosphere, he decided to locate it in Westhampton Beach because “it’s a real social community.” Overall, Nagel hopes the gallery will be somewhere to further build his connections in the Hamptons. “I want to be a resource for people and at the same time have a relationship with people,” he says. “It’s all about relationships from my point of view.” 69 Main St., Westhampton Beach, 283-8855