Teel Family Pavilion
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates
The Crocker Art Museum expansion complements the 125
year-old museum's historic structures, which include one of the
first purpose-built art museum buildings in the United
GSAA's compositional strategy for the project was aimed at establishing a uniquely iconic presence for the new addition, while framing the existing complex in a coherent physical dynamic.
The result is a collaged image for both the new and historic
structures: the new addition is rotated on a due north/south axis,
disengaging it from the existing orthogonal street grid and Crocker
complex, which reinforces its contrapuntal siting and
Inside, the new galleries are directly connected to the existing
Art Gallery building, allowing for a continuous circulation from
the new to the old structures, both vertically and horizontally,
and totally integrating the entire complex.
In addition to extensive new galleries for temporary exhibitions
and the display of the Crocker's permanent collection, The Teel
Pavilion includes expanded educational and art studio space, a
teacher resource center, a space for participatory arts programming
for children and adults, an expanded library, and a new student
exhibition space and teaching galleries. The expansion also
provides space for on-site collections care and storage, as well as
a new conservation lab.
New public amenities, including a 260-seat auditorium, a café with indoor and outdoor seating, and a redesigned Museum Store, are also included.
The Teel Family Pavilion more than triples the museum's size and enhances its role as a cultural resource for California and the state's many visitors. One of GSSA co-founder Charles Gwathmey's last major public projects.
Facts about Teel Family Pavilion
Crocker Art Museum
Last updated: December 13, 2012
Santa Monica, California, USA
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA