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Olson Kundig Named as Lead Architect for New Crocker Park

July 12, 2013

The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA is moving forward with an ambitious plan to develop a multi-functional civic space and has selected Olson Kundig as the lead architect in partnership with San Francisco-based landscape architects SURFACEDESIGN. Design Principal Alan Maskin will lead the team designing this public, art-focused gathering space, which will include a multi-level parking structure with exhibition and event space. Crocker Park will seamlessly integrate with the Crocker’s existing buildings, completing the Museum’s campus and providing opportunity for new, immersive art experiences.

Sacramento is a city on the rise, and the Crocker has played a critical role in elevating our reputation nationally. This is an extraordinary opportunity for the City of Sacramento and the Crocker Art Museum to collaborate on another transformational public project that will strengthen civic pride.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg
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Over 50 submissions from firms around the world were received for The Crocker Park project. Olson Kundig and SURFACEDESIGN were selected unanimously by an Architect Selection Committee of approximately 30 diverse stakeholders, including Museum Board members, Museum staff, Museum donors, elected officials, city staff, design professionals, and community leaders.

The park project fascinated me the moment I read about it. It is a chance to create a beautiful and much-needed amenity, while at the same time reimagining the ubiquitous yet often overlooked urban typology of a parking garage. We are excited about the opportunity to establish a new icon for Sacramento, creating a place that merges art, architecture, and nature. We will look to collaborate with local artists and craftspeople who can help tell the story of Sacramento’s diverse communities.

Alan Maskin, Design Principal
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The Crocker Art Museum is the longest continuously-operating art museum in the West, and Crocker Park will offer a new model for how regional art institutions can interact with and build community in Sacramento. The project will connect the Crocker to downtown, the Sacramento Riverfront, and West Sacramento through pedestrian linkages, well-planned green space, and cohesive architectural design elements.

Groundbreaking for Crocker Park is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020. For more information on the Crocker Art Museum, please visit https://www.crockerart.org/.

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