THOM MAYNE Orange County Museum of Art
Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne is the founder and design director of Morphosis Architects, a firm that consists of a group of more than 60 professionals. Morphosis has released plans and renderings for the new, 52,000 square-foot Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. The new building will increase exhibition space by 50%, according to officials.
"The Orange County Museum of Art unveiled plans Thursday for its future home, a Thom Mayne-designed building at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts that represents a move 10 years in the making.
The new 52,000-square-foot building will increase exhibition space by 50% compared with the museum’s current location in Newport Beach, officials said. The 25,000 square feet of gallery space will be complemented with 10,000 square feet dedicated to educational programs, performances and other public events.
The modern building will have an open-air roof terrace covering 70% of the museum site. The plaza, with indoor art galleries tucked beneath it, will host film screenings and outdoor art installations, among other events. The outdoor space will be key to the museum’s identity, said Mayne, the Pritzker Prize winner who founded the Culver City-based firm Morphosis.
“Rather than building an icon, we chose to expand the public space, which the building supported. I’d say we gave the site back,” Mayne said, adding that his vision is for the museum to be intimately stitched into the Segerstrom campus, the largest arts hub in Orange County. The center includes three other buildings that together host eight performance venues, including the outdoor Argyros Plaza.
“The project was interested, very early on, in its relationship to the urban setting as well as its relationship to the community,” Mayne said. “It faces the plaza that connects us to the campus — we’re the last component of the cultural center we’re part of. So it’s part of a broader idea.”
Segerstrom Center is home to the Pacific Symphony, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and the Pacific Chorale, and it also hosts major touring productions; “Hamilton” ended its Orange County run there Sunday. The center is also adjacent to the South Coast Repertory theater.
The new building will be “very site specific,” Mayne said. However, in designing the staircase that leads from Argyros Plaza to the art museum’s terrace, Mayne said, he took inspiration from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s entrance stairs, where visitors often gather for conversation."— Deborah Vankin, May 31, 2018
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