Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and SO - IL architectural studios, redefines the concept of a university museum.
The new building is part of a wider-ranging programme to dedicate the southern part of the University of California Davis campus to the arts. In 2002 the university built Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts to host performances of music, dance and theatre; Manetti Shrem Museum of Art was completed in November 2016. The new building houses art collections, courses, studies, and shared common areas and aims to become a new landmark in the community.
Inspired by the agrarian landscape of the Central Valley and wanting to build spaces on a human scale, the architects of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and SO - IL designed a building on a single level made up of separate but interconnected volumes to house different activities, all united under a single roof, a single sheet of metal composed of perforated aluminium panels recalling the fields of the Central Valley. The roof changes with the seasons and the path of the sun to create effects of light and shadow and various changing textures for the public space below it, used to host open-air exhibitions and as an entrance to the museum.
Design: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, SO–IL
Location: Davis, CA - USA
Images courtesy of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, photo by Iwan Baan