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

Posted By Andrew Michler On July 20, 2010 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,Green renovation,San Francisco | 1 Comment

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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 [8] aims to change that by bringing in much more daylight and opening up the maze-like galleries. The renovation will allow the galleries [9] 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 [10] extensive gardens, the galleries and the patios [11].

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The museum is located just south of downtown Oakland, where it has always acted as an island, due in part to its design and a 1940s era 12-lane road [13] that separated it from Lake Merit. The lake has long been a favorite of pedestrians and joggers, and a new revitalization project [14] will link the museum, adjacent community college and park system together to create a major urban green belt complete with new wetlands. Although for the last couple of decades many cities have sought to build the boldest and baddest new museums [15], we should also look forward to polishing our older urban gems [16] and renewing our urban vitality [17].

+ Oakland Museum of California [3]

+ Mark Cavagnero and Associates [8]

Via The Architects Newspaper [18]


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/oaklands-renovated-museum-is-a-green-roofed-urban-gem/new-18-4/?extend=1

[3] Oakland Museum of California: http://museumca.org/

[4] Kevin Roche: http://www.krjda.com/flash.html

[5] garden roof: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=136185

[6] renovation : http://inhabitat.com/renovation/

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/oaklands-renovated-museum-is-a-green-roofed-urban-gem/new-1-23/

[8] Mark Cavagnero: http://www.cavagnero.com/#OMC

[9] galleries: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=136176

[10] Dan Kiley’s: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Kiley

[11] patios: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=136188

[12] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/20/oaklands-renovated-museum-is-a-green-roofed-urban-gem/new-11-12/

[13] 12-lane road: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=136338

[14] new revitalization project: http://oaklandlocal.com/article/oaklands-12th-street-bridge-project-may-start-spring

[15] boldest and baddest new museums: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/19/steven-holls-modern-art-museum-is-a-luminous-iceberg/

[16] older urban gems: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/09/diller-scofidio-renfros-lincoln-center-grassy-remodel-opens-to-public/

[17] urban vitality: http://inhabitat.com/urban-design/

[18] The Architects Newspaper: http://www.archpaper.com/e-board_rev.asp?News_ID=4671

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