The proposal for a new art museum at San Jose State integrates several site strategies. The addition creates an interior courtyard for the art school, with studios and classrooms facing onto a sculpture garden, the university’s art community has a center of its own.
Top floor exhibiton spaces cantilever over the existing buildings, supporting the concept of independent art-making spirits. With a raked floor slope ( which also improves sight lines) the space is suitable for a variety of performance and viewing events.
An oversized media window faces the main campus walkway, announcing events and presenting art installations, a link between the art school’s activities and the greater campus audience.
Street-level galleries face the student mall, with the café and additional amenities sited towards the landscaped courtyard.