The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) holds one of the finest collections of contemporary art in the United States. Currently, the majority of the collection languishes in storage due to space constraints. By increasing current gallery space from 10,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet, MCASD can showcase more works from its world-renowned 4,700-piece permanent collection. MCASD will be able to simultaneously exhibit its collection as well as changing exhibitions, functioning as a museum of modern and contemporary art with today’s artists exhibited alongside celebrated masters of the past.
MCASD has engaged Selldorf Architects to develop an expansion and renovation of the Museum’s La Jolla facility that will significantly increase gallery space, create a more welcoming entry, and provide greater coherence to the site, enhancing the Museum’s connection to its dramatic coastal setting.
New construction on two levels will form a fluid sequence of galleries that offer a wide range of volume and character, from soaring ceiling heights to intimate niches. Terrazzo floors will establish continuity with the existing building. A lattice ceiling structure will incorporate skylights, providing diffused lighting, and vertical windows will welcome the site’s distinct natural light and coastal views into the Museum. A large, flexible multipurpose gallery on the lower level will provide capacity for public programs, artist talks, performance art, music, and other immersive educational activities.
The existing parking lot on the north end of campus will be transformed into a public park and new seaside terraces will offer dramatic views of the Pacific Coast from two levels.
The La Jolla facility will close in January 2017 as we ready the building for construction and prepare to break ground. During the La Jolla closure, MCASD will continue to deliver high-quality exhibitions and programming at its Jacobs and Copley Buildings at MCASD Downtown.