The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig

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The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig

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  • Project Name: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University
  • Practice: Olson Kundig
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  • Completion year: 2018
  • Gross Built up Area: 16,000 SF (14,000 SF of exhibition space)
  • Project Location: Pullman
  • Country: United States
  • Lead Architects/Designer: Jim Olson, FAIA, Steven Rainville, AIA, LEED® AP
  • Design Team: William Franklin and Scott Viloria
  • Engineering: DCI Engineers
  • Structural Consultants: DCI Engineers
  • MEP Consultants: MW Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Consultants: SPVV Landscape Architects
  • Contractors: Hoffman Construction
  • Project Manager: Stephen Yamada-Heidner, AIA, LEED® AP
  • Photo Credits: Nic Lehoux
  • Others: Associate Architect: Design West Architects, Electrical Engineer & Lighting Design: Stantec, Plumbing Engineer: McClintock & Turk
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Excerpt: The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University by Olson Kundig is an architectural project with a bold visual appeal aimed at engaging and inspiring visitors. The “Crimson Cube,” a climate-controlled space that houses formal galleries, features a crimson façade. The mirrored glass façade reflects the building onto the campus, creating an ever-changing visual interplay inspired by the art housed within.

Project Description

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux

[Text as submitted by architect] The new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University brings art to the forefront of university life – and the entire Inland Northwest region. As the only dedicated fine art museum in a 230-mile radius, Design Principal Jim Olson sought to create a building with bold visual appeal that would engage and inspire. The resulting reflective façade, crafted to match WSU’s signature crimson red, establishes the museum as a beacon for the arts in the heart of the Pullman, Washington campus.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux

Located on the site of WSU’s former public safety building, the new museum incorporates some of the old structure for an expanded footprint totaling 16,000 square feet. The design consists of two distinct parts: the first serves as an informal entry to the museum, functioning as a flexible, casual space for hosting temporary exhibits and events. A glass panel garage door opens the space to the larger campus, encouraging students to gather.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University | Olson Kundig
© Nic Lehoux

The second space is the “Crimson Cube,” a climate-controlled space that houses the formal galleries and is enveloped by the crimson façade. The mirrored glass façade reflects and weaves the building into the campus as much as it announces the presence of art, creating an ever-changing visual interplay. Intended to inspire and engage – much like the art housed within – the “Crimson Cube” reflects sky, campus and students themselves.

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