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

An extensive reworking of the gallery spaces allows the museum to showcase today's contemporary exhibits, many of which require complex curatorial needs that the original galleries were unable to provide for.

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.


or your inhabitat account below

1 Comment

  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 [...]

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home