The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego reopens

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Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego presents a new, larger and brighter space

Seldorf Architects welcomed the new light-filled design elements of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

After four years of refurbishment and expansion projects, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) has reopened its doors. Seldorf Architects led the project and now offers four times the gallery space, two levels of galleries, public parks and stunning views of the Pacific coast.

The opening of the project began in 2014, when Seldorf Architects planned to expand the gallery space from the existing 10,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet, as well as enable both MCASD’s permanent collection and visiting exhibits. It is a culmination.

The entrance to MCASD’s new La Jolla flagship by Seldorf Architects.Courtesy of Seldorf Architects

“With the expansion of Seldorf, MCASD’s flagship building has finally been expanded to showcase works collected over the last few decades,” said Kathryn Kanjo, director and CEO of MCASD. The towering ceilings and natural light enable a fascinating exhibition of the collection along with a vibrant and changing exhibition. This design respects the museum’s rich architectural history by framed the unique views of the village and the coast, providing art and a state-of-the-art space for today’s audience.

Anabel Seldorf, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Principal Architect Annabel Seldorf’s goal is to bring a comprehensive spirit to the design and to take full advantage of the dramatic location of the Lahoya coastline with a new seaside terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean. It was both. “The addition to MCASD will provide a new gallery space to the south of the existing building,” she says. “By changing the center of gravity and the order of entry, we were able to weave different geometries and achieve the overall volume of the museum. It was read as one and nevertheless multiple of the facilities. We respect the existence of generational architectural expressions. “

In harmony with the location, the design ultimately opens the gallery to the elements, creating an open and cozy space. Mr. Sekijo added as follows. ‘Architecture connects the artistic experience with the natural experience in a way that never existed before. The design rejects the concept of a sealed white cube and instead brings the outdoors into the museum space. Seldorf Architects opened the MCASD and shed light. §

Installation view of the Foster Family Gallery at MCASD, newly enhanced by Seldorf Architects

Therm Sea View Room and Bartel Terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean at MCASD’s new La Jola Flagship by Seldorf Architects.Courtesy of Seldorf Architects

Therm Sea View Room and Bartel Terrace with views of the Pacific Ocean at MCASD’s new La Jola Flagship by Seldorf Architects.Courtesy of Seldorf Architects

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