Location: San Jose State University, San Jose, California
Program: Galleries, Auditorium, Administrative Areas, Curatorial Spaces, Teaching Rooms
Program Area: 41,000 sq.ft.
The museum is organized around four ribbons that weave through the building, each at a different floor. These ribbons are both telling and promissory: they define and connect the museum’s spaces, producing unexpected laps, loops and layers.
At the scale of the site, they also articulate the museum’s relationship to the campus. On the ground floor, the ribbons escape the bar, forming overlapping landscapes of indoor and outdoor spaces: the corner café draws people in off the Paseo; gallery and lecture receptions spill from the lobby out to the courtyard terrace; benches, tables, trees and the café’s ribbon bar create an activity zone along the front of the building.
The building envelope synthesizes materials and geometry. The laminated glass ribbons are barely held in place by the building’s taut, cartesian facade. These surfaces continually align and realign as they wind their way among programs, balconies, and materials. Their role is to choreograph unexpected exchanges of use, perception, and form.
Awards & Publications
Awarded First Place (commission) in an international competition.
Progressive Architecture Citation
Architettura in Calcestruzzo
San Jose Mercury News
Washington Square News
WW Project Team
Principals: Ron Witte & Sarah Whiting
Design Team: Clover Lee, John May, Kiel Moe, Michael Piper
SMWM, San Francisco, California: Cathy Simon (Partner-in-Charge), Barbara Shands, John Long
Structural & Mechanical Engineering
Buro Happold, New York, New York: Craig Schwitter (Partner-in-Charge), Greg Otto (Structural Engineering), Denzil Gallagher, Alan Shepherd (Mechanical Engineering)
Hargreaves Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts: George Hargreaves (Partner-in-Charge), Kirt Rieder, Ken Haines
Enclosure Design Consultant
James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, New York: James Carpenter (Principal), Rayme Kuniyuki
L’Observatoire International, New York, New York: Herve Descottes (Principal)