SO – IL breaks ground on the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis

Mar 7, 2014

Jing Liu, B Arch/M Arch '04 is a founding principal of SO – IL, a New York-based architectural design firm. SO – IL recently announced the groundbreaking on March 1, 2014 for the new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis in Davis, CA. Designed by SO – IL, in a design-build partnership with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Whiting-Turner, the museum advances the fundamental notion of the art museum in the 21st century. 

The new Shrem Museum of Art heightens an awareness of place, by combining exhibition, education, and event spaces under a 50,000 square foot smooth permeable veil, the “Grand Canopy." The design offers a dynamic and informal portfolio of experiences, activities, and places for collaboration and reflection, both inside and outside alike. The shaded landscape created by the canopy will become a new platform for the University, a place for the active production of cultural experiences and a new symbol for the arts on campus. This forward-looking museum design conceives the art museum of the future as flexible and open; not a static shrine, but a constantly evolving public event.

The Shrem Museum of Art is part of SO – IL’s growing focus on work for innovative cultural institutions. Currently under construction is SO – IL’s design for a collaborative workspace for next generation thinkers and makers, NEW INC, for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York with Gensler. Earlier this year SO – IL, in collaboration with Architectuurstudio HH, released their design for ArtA, a new public arts center for film and visual arts along the Rhine River in the inner city of Arnhem, The Netherlands. The design was created after the team was shortlisted for the architecture competition in December 2013, along with Kengo Kuma and Associates, BIG | Bjarke Ingels Group, NL Architects, and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

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