Community Lecture: Meet the Crocker Park Architects

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7 PM

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The Crocker Art Museum is moving forward with an ambitious plan to develop three acres of unimproved land into a multi-functional civic space and has selected Seattle-based Olson Kundig as the lead architect in partnership with San Francisco-based landscape architects SURFACEDESIGN INC.

Located just north of the Museum’s front door and bounded by 2nd and 3rd streets, Crocker Park will be transformed into a public, art-focused gathering place with a multi-level parking structure to include gallery, event, and program space. The site will seamlessly integrate with the Crocker’s existing buildings, completing the Museum’s campus and providing opportunity for new, immersive, art experiences.

In their initial proposal, Olson Kundig and SURFACEDESIGN imagined the new building as a porous structure that blurs the lines typically demarcating Museum grounds and activates outdoor space to keep visitors coming back time and again. The firms were particularly inspired by the agricultural richness of the Sacramento region and the tapestry of trees that covers the city.

“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,” said Olson Kundig principal/owner Alan Maskin, who has worked on highly public cultural institutions across the West Coast and internationally, including a historic redesign of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle. “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.”

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