Manetti Shrem Museum Of Art by SO-IL + BCJ

Manetti Shrem Museum Of Art by SO-IL + BCJImage courtesy of SO-IL

Manetti Shrem Museum Of Art by SO-IL + BCJ

The Manetti Shrem Museum is a contemporary art museum for the University of California designed by SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ). Both architecturally and programmatically, the institution seeks to define itself as a constantly evolving public event encouraging personal encounters, and providing both formal and informal learning opportunities. The project, which broke ground in 2014, is now ready to open its doors.

 

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SO-IL and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson have designed a 50,000 square-foot permeable roof that covers both the site and the building. Intended as a new symbol for the university campus, the canopy is composed of 910 triangular, honed aluminum infill beams. Assembled in an intricate pattern, the structure seeks to evoke the patchwork texture and topology of the surrounding landscape. The permeable roof tops a 30,000-square-foot interior, where a glass lobby creates a continuous ground level.

 

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An open-air courtyard connects the museum’s three main volumes: the gallery pavilion which contains five galleries, a collections classroom, two lounges, and back-of-house spaces; the education pavilion, containing spaces for classes, performances, and workshops; and the operations pavilion, which accommodates a volunteer lounge, staff spaces, catering, security, recycling, and public services.

 

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The lobby and courtyard can open to the community education room, making one large interior for various gatherings. The events plaza is a site for congregation, program, and performance. Here, an outdoor projection area is the focal point, setting the stage for after-hours events. The museum seeks to incorporate sustainable design practices with recycled materials, water-saving features and advanced lighting controls.

 

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