New York-based Selldorf Architects has been summoned to the West Coast to design an expansion that will triple the size of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) campus in La Jolla. Chosen after a competitive country-wide search, Selldorf is expected to add an addition 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, which will provide opportunities for temporary exhibitions and large scale installations, as well as house the museum’s 4,571-piece permanent collection.
According to the museum, Selldorf was ultimately chosen due to her reputation of designing spaces that enhance, rather than upstage, the subject it serves.
“Her work doesn’t impose itself,” said Hugh Davies, the museum’s director and CEO. “So much architecture, you’re aware of the architecture more than you’re aware of the art. She has a way of being, not self effacing, but respectful, if you will. She creates beautiful spaces that are at the service of the art.”
If fundraising and approval goes according to plan, the project could break ground in early 2016.
Reference: U-T San Diego