Gallery: Oakland’s Renovated Museum is a Green-Roofed Urban Gem

The museum's role as an urban park has never be fully realized due to the poor circulation within the space and the hardscapes and roads cutting the museum off from the adjacent Lake Merritt. Voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to fund a redesign of the neighborhood that allows pedestrian, bike and even kayak access. The museum's garden will finally be integrated with the city's downtown green space.

The 4 square-block museum displays traditional and contemporary art, natural history, and cultural history, although locals once referred to it as “the bunker” because of its low profile and many disjointed sections. The $62.2 million renovation by Architect Mark Cavagnero aims to change that by bringing in much more daylight and opening up the maze-like galleries. The renovation will allow the galleries to host extensive showings and will create a state-of-the-art archives for the more than 2 million objects in storage. The most obvious change is a new covered entrance and unified lobby. The isolated spaces are brought closer into circulation, encouraging visitors to mingle in Dan Kiley’s extensive gardens, the galleries and the patios.


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  1. Green-Roofed Holocaust ... October 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    [...] to blend in with the park, offering a public open space. The exterior is very gracious, featuring a green roof with a series of walkways pressed into its undulating shape – pedestrians may not even be [...]

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