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UCD selects architects for new art museum

A 50,000-square-foot steel canopy that floats atop a series of interconnected interior and exterior spaces is the centerpiece of SO - IL's winning design for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. Courtesy sketch

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From page A1 | May 02, 2013 |

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis will be created by a team of architects and builders intent on redefining the university museum and fostering a new conversation in the arts.

UCD announced Wednesday that it has selected an emerging New York-based design firm, SO – IL, to design the campus’ planned art museum, envisioned as a regional center of experimentation, participation and learning. The firm will work with team members Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an architectural firm with offices in San Francisco, Seattle and Pennsylvania, and contractor Whiting-Turner, a national construction firm with offices in Folsom and Pleasanton.

The team was selected from a pool of three finalists following a five-month design competition with extensive involvement of students and others in the community.

Named in honor of Jan Shrem, proprietor of Clos Pegase winery in the Napa Valley, and his wife, arts patron Maria Manetti Shrem, the museum is expected to break ground next year. Jan Shrem made the museum possible with a $10 million gift to the university in 2011.

“The design for the new museum at UC Davis turns the traditional model of museum design inside out,” said Chancellor Linda Katehi. “From its curved glass walls to its soaring canopy, it will draw people in, surprise them and engage them. All who enter this museum will become students again.”

The jury of faculty, architects and museum professionals who selected the winning design cited its alignment with the essential characteristics of UCD, its celebration of the campus’ connection with culture and cultivation, and its use of light. They also cited the design’s potential to expand and evolve, along with its goal of achieving LEED Gold certification for sustainability from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Jan and I are extremely excited about the selection,” Maria Manetti Shrem said. “We believe that education and the arts should be accessible to all people and that a curious and open mind should be nurtured and supported. It is with the deepest pleasure that we are able to help bring this new museum to life.”

In its presentation to the jury, the winning team characterized Davis as an “ideal setting for a museum that will sow new ways of thinking about the experience of art.”

“The Central Valley breathes a spirit of optimism,” the designers said. “Whether one is influenced by the sweeping views over the flat plains beyond to the horizon, or the sense of empowerment one feels when being able to cultivate and grow freely — the spirit of this place is one of invention and imagination. It is precisely this spirit we capture in our architectural proposal for the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art.”

The design’s centerpiece is a 50,000-square-foot steel canopy that floats atop a series of interconnected interior and exterior spaces. Illuminated at night, the grand canopy will beckon drivers along Interstate 80 between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe and establish a new focal point for the campus.

“The design is truly unique,” said museum director Rachel Teagle. “It is sensitive to the spirit of this place and will make ours a museum like no other.”

American architect and theorist Stan Allen, former dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University, praised the design’s “quietly assertive presence” and “generous public spaces.”

“Davis will be getting a piece of contemporary architecture that both serves the needs of the community and contributes to the advancement of the field,” Allen said.

The museum’s 29,000 square feet of interior space will allow for one-on-one interactions with world-class art, artists and faculty. It will house the university’s fine art collection and provide space for thought-provoking exhibitions, faculty lectures, artists’ residencies, and hands-on studio art classes.

At the same time, the museum will serve both as a home for art experiences that extend throughout the campus and, virtually, to visitors and distance learners beyond.

Education is at the core of the vision for the museum, said Jessie Ann Owens, dean of the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, who praised the winning design for “literally and metaphorically putting education at the heart of the project.”

“With this museum, the university is making an investment that will advance teaching, enhance the student experience and make arts education more accessible to all,” Owens said.

SO – IL was created by husband-and-wife team Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg, winners of The Museum of Modern Art’s prestigious Young Architects Program. Liu teaches architecture at Columbia University, Idenburg at Harvard University. The Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum will be their largest commission to date.

Liu and Idenburg are best known for their tent designs at the Frieze Art Fair in Manhattan in 2012, and the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea. They recently received the Architectural League of New York’s “Emerging Voices” award, which recognizes individuals and firms with distinct design voices, and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, founded in 1965, is a high-profile architecture firm known for its designs for Apple, Pixar and Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ private compound. The firm has created many buildings on college campuses, including a new arts facility at UC Santa Cruz.

Whiting-Turner is constructing the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Building for art and art history at Stanford University, and has collaborated with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson on many projects.

The capital budget for the building is $30 million; to outfit the building and create the program will require an additional investment of up to $5 million. Campus officials plan as well to raise philanthropic support for an endowment that will allow museum programming to grow in future years.

“This is a dream project that completes the university’s new South Entry, an area that includes the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science and Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, along with others,” said Jan Shrem.

Among the earliest supporters of the museum was Margrit Mondavi, who gave an early lead gift to the project. Mondavi, with her late husband, Robert, also made possible the performing arts center and the wine and food science institute.

“The excellent teaching artists of the past and the prominent faculty at UC Davis today deserve a great home for art, which is an ongoing love affair of my life,” she said.

As with all building commissions awarded at UCD, the Office of Design and Construction Management allows a period of time for competitors to appeal the decision if they believe there are grounds to do so.

More information about the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is available at http://shremmuseum.ucdavis.edu.

Go to http://youtu.be/ysMnS2vINU0 for a video interview of the winning architect.

— UC Davis News Service

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