The Museum creates
outdoor rooms that provide continuity between the building and the landscape,
as exemplified by the semi-enclosed courtyard of the Santa Barbara County
Courthouse. The two-story Museum facades provide closure for the developed
area of the campus and are penetrated by entrances to a circular arcaded
court framing views to the mountains beyond, which is open to and completed
by the landscape.
design is an assemblage of separately articulated elements that together
comprise an incomplete form, opening the Museum to embrace the landscape.
The strategy of creating the Museum from a collection of smaller building
elements facilitates expansion; other elements may be added in a variety
of ways without compromising the totality of the building. The design
proposes a condition that is not fixed, but may grow and change according
to unpredictable needs.
element is related to a specific programmatic function and also serves
to define a particular outdoor space. Three distinct types of garden courtyard
have been developed for hosting museum events and displaying sculpture
and other outdoor media.
First Stage Competition Finalist