UC Davis names architect for new art museum

Published: Wednesday, May. 1, 2013 - 11:51 am

The University of California, Davis, announced today that it has selected an New York-based design firm, SO - IL, to design the $30 million art museum that will break ground next year.

The new Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art takes its names from key donors, Jan Shrem, proprietor of Clos Pegase winery in the Napa Valley, and his wife, arts patron Maria Manetti Shrem.

Husband-and-wife team Jing Liu and Florian Idenburg are the architects behind SO - IL, and the UCD museum is their largest commission to date. Perhaps their most memorable work to date are the tent designs at the Frieze Art Fair in Manhattan in 2012, and the Kukje Gallery in Seoul, Korea. They recently won the "Emerging Voices" award from the Architectural League of New York in recognition of their distinctive influence on the disciplines of architecture, landscape design and urbanism.

See a slideshow of their plans here, along with Idenburg's description: http://youtu.be/ysMnS2vINU0.

"The design for the new museum at UC Davis turns the traditional model of museum design inside out," said UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, in a news release. "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."

Read more about the selection in Cathie Anderson's column tomorrow in The Bee or at www.sacbee.com/anderson.

Call Cathie Anderson, (916) 321-1193. Follow her on Twitter: @CathieA_SacBee.

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