Teel Family Pavilion is one of GSAA co-founders' final public projects
A 125,000 sq ft addition to Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum has now been completed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (GSAA). More than tripling the cultural centre’s existing space, the $100m Teel Family Pavilion is rotated on a due north/south axis in order to disengage it from the original Crocker complex.
One of the series of historic structures that make up the Crocker Art Museum remains one of the first purpose built art museum buildings in the United States, therefore it was highly necessary that GSAA’s design was both sensitive to the surviving form and applicable to a 21st century demands. Internally, the exhibition spaces merge seamlessly into the original Art Gallery building, enabling a continuous circulation from the new to old structures.
GSAA’s addition places a heavy focus on the education of young minds and nurturing of fresh talent. The extension is comprised of expanded educational and art studio space, a teacher resource centre, an area for participatory arts programming for children and adults, an expanded library, a new student exhibition space, teaching galleries and extended temporary exhibition space.
Lial Jones, Director of the Crocker Art Museum explains: “Works of art can link people together across boundaries of time, culture and world views; the ability to have a personal or shared encounter with art is a critical aspect of vibrant civic life.”
“The design for the new Crocker Art Museum is about adding to the urban collage,” echoes project architect Gerald Gendreau, “complimenting the historic Art Gallery building, tying to the green space that fronts the Museum, even engaging travellers in the adjacent highway - all while giving the Museum flexible spaces for growth now and into the future.”
The Teel Family Pavilion is now open to the public and serves as one of GSAA co-founders’ - Charles Gwathmey’s - final major public projects. The Crocker Art Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, $10/$8/$5 and free to children under the age of 7.