Foster + Partners will renovate part of the San Diego Museum of Art, a heavily decorated Plateresque building designed to complement the structure of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. Add an Education Center to your campus.
The San Diego Museum of Art in San Diego’s Balboa Park was designed by architects William Templeton Johnson and Robert W. Snyder. The museum he opened in 1926. The ornate façade and interior are inspired by decorative elements and motifs found in historic buildings throughout Spain. It houses an extensive collection of Spanish art, along with paintings and sculptures from Asia, Europe and America.
The museum chose to work with Foster + Partners on the upcoming renovation because of their experience in working with historic buildings and design of an extensive portfolio for arts and cultural institutions.
“After in-depth interviews with many great companies and a unanimous vote by our Board of Directors, we are delighted to have chosen Foster + Partners as the design architects for this exciting project. The high respect for arts was a good fit for Foster + Partners.Our shared vision is that the project will provide free access to open art spaces for the general public and increase educational opportunities for the community,” said Sun. Roxana Velázquez, executive director and CEO of the Diego Museum, said in a press release. “Foster + Partners’ strong expertise combined with its commitment to community engagement will make art more accessible to everyone, while ensuring that the design is functional and a space fit for his next 100 years. can be created.”
The renovation work will focus on the facilities in the West Building. A top priority for renovations is to respect the historical significance of the existing museum and the surrounding Balboa Park.
In addition to plans to increase art exhibits and public programs, the project will add an educational center, an art pavilion connected to nature, and a rooftop area overlooking Balboa Park.
“I have always admired San Diego’s rich cultural diversity and deep sense of community,” said Norman Foster. We are delighted to reinvigorate a beloved landmark with the ultimate aim of making it more accessible.”
Architect of Record alongside Foster + Partners is LPA Design Studio, which has offices in California and Texas. In this role, the LPA acts as a project manager and oversees day-to-day aspects of the project.
A design team has been appointed and the project enters the planning stage. The museum will put together community engagement sessions during this process to allow the public to consider what they would like to see in the museum.The project is scheduled to break ground in his 2026.
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