Dia:Beacon is a contemporary art museum in the Hudson River Valley, around 60 miles north of New York City. The museum is a five-minute walk from the Metro North train station in Beacon, NY. Dia:Beacon opened in 2003 in a vacant Nabisco box-printing factory that was built in 1929.
The master plan for the Dia:Beacon site was designed by the architectural firm OpenOffice in collaboration with artist Robert Irwin, and the parking lot was an integral part of their design. Dia:Beacon’s gardens—which include the parking lot—were viewed as an extension of the building and the art displayed there. Irwin and OpenOffice treated the site as a holistic experience that begins the moment visitors enter the museum property. The entry road, parking lot, allee of trees, and entry court leading to the museum buildings function together as an outdoor lobby, welcoming visitors to the museum.