Archinect - News 2017-08-22T22:46:45-04:00 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> SO-IL and Gensler to ​design creative​ cultural ​incubator for New Museum Justine Testado 2013-11-01T18:06:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:43-05:00 <img src="" width="625" height="425" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> will be opening an incubator for art, technology, and design next summer in the institution's adjacent building at 231 Bowery in New York. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> architects in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a> will design the new 11,000 sq.foot facility, which will be located inside a 19th-century structure that formerly belonged to artists like James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann.</p> <p> Developed by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum and Deputy Developer Karen Wong, the incubator will serve as a collaborative platform of shared educational and professional workspace for more than 60 start-up companies and creative entrepreneurs. The project is the latest addition to program series that aims to challenge the boundaries and relevance of museum practice in the 21st century.</p> <p> Prospective members will go through a rigorous application process before being selected by the incubator's Director and staff committee. Incubator members will then pay a monthly fee in exchange for...</p> Editor's Picks #314 Nam Henderson 2013-05-07T13:14:00-04:00 >2016-05-27T11:23:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="249" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over at the LA Times, Christopher Hawthorne reported on LACMA Director Michael Govan&rsquo;s plan&rsquo;s for $650-million new building by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor...Eric Chavkin commented "New construction has always been fundraising tail that wags the museum dog. Big names to draw bigger money...Now that AMPAS is leveraging it's Oscar prestige to be a part of LACMA, a new name to entice donor dollars is Zumthor, a name that means absolutely nothing to most.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Z Wise reviewed the newest edition of Albert Speer, Architecture by L&eacute;on Krier for the Wall Street Journal</a>.&nbsp;Mr. Wise concluded his review "<em>Though he is again bemoaning a contemporary inability to regard classicism in a detached manner, it is L&eacute;on Krier who is in a delirious thrall to a malevolent aesthetic</em>".</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a>&nbsp;was surprised "<em>wow, i didn't need another reason to dislike krier, but this one certainly seems more than enough to set aside any other complaint about the guy and never revisit them.&nbsp; its amazing that someone could hate modernism so much that even hitler's vision for the world seems palatable to him. nasty</em>". For his part <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steven Ward</a><br> argued "<em>I'd rather see the swastika redeemed for its original associations (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>) than see any redemption of Speer's work. It's not that the style(s) from which he borrowed were bad so much as his intentional bombastic over-scaling of everything. These buildings were meant to communicat...</em></p> 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>