Archinect - News 2017-08-20T00:21:48-04:00 SO-IL's new museum for UC Davis: "a building to boost your faith in the future of American architecture" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-12-08T13:28:00-05:00 >2016-12-14T22:27:06-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="483" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The museum is not a singular or path-breaking work of architecture; its design goals have more to do with manipulating light and shadow and with physical substance [...] Yet taken as a whole the museum offers a range of encouraging signs about the priorities of architecture&rsquo;s up-and-coming generation. These include a genuine interest in shifting definitions of public space in a digital age and &mdash; most important of all &mdash; a preference for measured and layered effects over operatic ones.</p></em><br /><br /><p>UC Davis' new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of art opened in November, and will function as a teaching museum with spaces for studios, galleries, and classrooms, including a courtyard for performances and installations.</p><p>According to Hawthorne, SO-IL's design (done in collaboration Karl Backus of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an SF-based firm known for its multiple Apple stores), "flows primarily from [SO-IL leaders] Idenburg, 42,&nbsp;and Liu, 37, whose work tends to be porous and substantial at the same time, with cubic forms often cloaked or veiled by snug, semi-transparent skins." Hawthorne also refers back to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL's YAP-winning "Pole Dance"</a>,&nbsp;as a tone-setter for the firm's aesthetic.</p><p>Check out Iwan Baan's photos of the museum below.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Get the backsotry on SO-IL and the Shrem museum here:</p><ul><li><a title="UC Davis selects SO &ndash; IL to design art museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UC Davis selects SO &ndash; IL to design art museum</a></li><li><a title="WORKac, Henning Larsen and SO &ndash; IL compete to design UC Davis art museum" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WORKac, Henning Larsen and SO &ndash; IL compete to design UC Davis art museum</a></li></ul> UC Davis selects SO – IL to design art museum Archinect 2013-05-01T18:30:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T21:17:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>UC Davis today announced that it has selected an emerging New York-based design firm, SO &ndash; IL, to design the campus&rsquo;s planned art museum, envisioned as a regional center of experimentation, participation and learning. The firm will work with team members Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a prominent architectural firm with offices in San Francisco, Seattle and Pennsylvania, and contractor Whiting-Turner, a national construction firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p> The new museum advances the way museums and architecture are approached in the 21st century.</p> <p> Designed by SO - IL in partnership with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, and built by Whiting-Turner, the design incorporates a 50,000 square foot steel structure that floats atop a series of interconnected interior and exterior spaces. The gallery space will be 29,000 square feet.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In describing the building, the architects state:</p> <p> Davis is 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. 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&mdash;the spirit of this place is 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.</p> <p> As an overarching move, the design proposes a 50,000 s...</p> WORKac, Henning Larsen and SO – IL compete to design UC Davis art museum Archinect 2012-12-06T14:00:00-05:00 >2012-12-10T18:50:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The university believes this to be the first design-build competition for an art museum in this country. Each team gets four months to design a museum and prepare a bid for the museum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The teams competing to build the museum are:</p> <ul><li> Contractor: Kitchell; design architect: WORKac; executive architect: Westlake Reed Leskosky</li> <li> Contractor: Oliver and Co.; design architect: Henning Larsen Architects; executive architect: Gould Evans</li> <li> Contractor: Whiting-Turner; design architect: SO &ndash; IL; executive architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson</li> </ul>