Orange County Museum of Art by Morphosis opens

Morphosis Unveils Fluid Art Museum of Orange County

Explore the curved shapes and expressive interiors of the Orange County Museum of Art by Morphosis, now open in California

All in fluid shapes and shiny surfaces, the new Orange County Art Museum by Morphosis opens its doors this weekend. The cultural destination’s new home, located on the campus of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California, represents a new era for the institution and marks a key anniversary for it.

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 60th anniversary than by opening this beautiful new building with a 24-hour open house for everyone, including the many new members we welcome to our OCMA family,” said Craig Wells, Chairman of the OCMA Board of Directors.

Photography: Mike Kelley

The structure was designed by the iconic Culver City-based architecture studio, led by founder and design director Thom Mayne, who oversaw the project with lead partner Brandon Welling. Using the expressive lines and free forms of the practice, the Orange County Museum of Art is certainly impressive. Its vast volumes are clad in a skin of high-performance white terracotta tiles and glazed parts, which bring plenty of natural light inside. Exposed concrete, metal panels, and manicured landscaping complement the building’s textures.

Inside, modular exhibition galleries rub shoulders with work space, space dedicated to educational programming and public spaces accessible to all. A cafe helps create an additional focal point for public activity. At the same time, the exterior spaces of the composition (such as the garden and an extensive roof terrace) and the large openings (windows, glazed walls and spectacular skylights) guarantee a close relationship between interior and exterior space. , as it should be in warm California. climate.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 7, 2022, the building’s opening to the public on October 8, followed by a 24-hour party, including a range of activities for visitors, such as performances, screenings films, artistic creations, workshops, etc. §

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