Olson Kundig has been selected to design the new Museum of Art at Washington State University. The firm was selected following a national search.
The building will feature an open and welcoming entrance that can serve as a destination gathering place for students, faculty and the public. New spaces will include permanent collection galleries, an outdoor sculpture garden and galleries for special exhibitions. The estimated $15 million project is expected to begin construction in 2015. The recent $5 million gift from arts patron Jordon Schnitzer, has enabled the museum to move into active fundraising. Noted landscape architect Gustafson Guthrie Nichol will provide landscape design.
The opportunity to create a building for the campus and the entire region that is dedicated to sharing the power of art, and the spirit of creativity that art embodies, means a great deal to me. It is a testament to the cultural commitment WSU holds for its family of students and the broader community.
This will be a living museum—a museum unlike any other—yet one that is an extension of its place. The museum will breathe new life to the center of campus, already a hub of activity. The beauty of the Palouse and the Inland Empire—its light, colors and seasons – will be an integral part of the museum and serve to connect and open it to the campus, the region and the world.
Ivy, Robert. “Powerful Forms for a Hard-Working Town.” Architectural Record, Oct. 1996, 70-77. Print.
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