Construction underway on SO-IL–designed UC Davis Art Museum

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Elevated view of constructions on Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. (Courtesy of SO-IL)

Elevated view of constructions on Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. (Courtesy of SO-IL)

UC Davis is set to open the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art to the public on November 13. After choosing SO-IL to design its on-campus museum in 2013, the school has been hard at work constructing what it envisions as a “hub of creative practice.”

Constructions on Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. (Courtesy of SO-IL)

Constructions on Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. (Courtesy SO-IL)

Working alongside San Francisco-based firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Whiting Turner, the museum features a 50,000-square-foot canopy made from aluminum triangular beams. The canopy is supported by straight and curved glass walls interweaving both open and closed spaces. Its shape, according to SO-IL, represents a “new symbol” for the campus with its natural surroundings of long, green plains making up the sensory landscape of UC Davis.

Installation of perforated triangular beams for Grand Canopy. (Courtesy of SO-IL)

Installation of perforated triangular beams for Grand Canopy. (Courtesy SO-IL)

In its designs, SO-IL emphasized the importance of capturing the essence of the California Central Valley. Changes in season and lighting will be reflected from within the museum which will play host to a variety of activities and programs both informal and formal.

The inaugural show will feature work from artists Arneson, William T. Wiley, Manuel Neri, Wayne Thiebaud and Ruth Horsting among others. And with the date for its grand opening months away, the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum looks set to become a site of interactive and cutting edge learning.

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