Gluckman Mayner Architects design new Presidio Museum
The Presidio of San Francisco California, which served for 218 years as an army post for three different nations, is to get a new $45 million Museum thanks to Doris and Donald Fisher, founders of the successful US retailing chain, GAP. In addition to providing financing for the Museum, the Fischer’s will have house their collection there, which includes more than 1000 masterworks of contemporary art by such 20th century masters as: Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter, Chuck Close, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra and others.
The new Contemporary Art Museum at the Presidio (CAMP) is being designed by New York architect Gluckman Mayner. The two-storey, structure, which will house 50,000 square feet of gallery space, will be built of masonry and glass, materials inspired by the local architecture. The transparent nature of the structure will allow visitors to gaze into the museum as they approach it while allowing the people inside the museum to enjoy spectacular views of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay.
In addition to the new museum building, the project involves the renovation of a nearby barracks, which will house a bookstore and public education programs for the Museum, including a photography studio, ceramics studio and painting and drawing classes.