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JAN SHREM AND MARIA MANETTI SHREM MUSEUM OF ART, UC DAVIS

ARCHITECTURE OF TRANSPARENCIES

SO - IL | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

At once tent and pavilion, diaphanous yet secure, the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art introduces to the Californian public an architectural language of transparency and tectonic investigation. California has previously, of course, been home to cosmopolitan dialects and direct exploration of construction technique: the work of Swiss emigré Albert Frey, for instance, in mid-century Palm Springs or that of Raphael Soriano, born on the island of Rhodes, in both Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The DNA of the museum is similarly international: Dutch and Chinese in the case of Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu (founding partners of SO – IL, the lead designers); Japanese, as both worked for SANAA in Tokyo; Greek in the case of SO – IL colleague, Ilias Papageorgiou; American, as design partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has a long track record in contextual and sustainable...

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