A building design offering curved walls and a grand, soaring steel canopy has been selected as the winning design for UC Davis' new art museum, university officials announced today.
The New York-based design firm, SO - IL, provided the winning design as a team that includes architectural firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and contractor Whiting-Turner. The building's expected cost is $30 million.
The new museum, to be known as the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum, will be notable for the 50,000-square-foot steel canopy that will seemingly float atop a series of interconnected interior and exterior spaces.
The winning team was selected from a pool of three finalists following a five-month design competition that included extensive involvement of students and others in the community.
The museum design will comprise of 29,000 square feet of interior space that will allow the museum to display a bulk of the university's 5,000 collected works -- which include seminal works of Northern California art from the latter half of the 20th century.
To date that collection has never had an adequate space for exhibition - as is currently the case at the Richard L. Nelson Gallery of Art which only offers 4,000 square feet of space for exhibitions.
The museum building project received a big boost in 2011 when Napa vintner Jan Shrem donated $10 million to the project. The building will rise on what is currently an empty 1.6 acre lot southeast of the Mondavi Center for the Arts, and is slated for completion in 2016.
Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the size of the Nelson Gallery and the completion date of the new project.