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Oakland Museum of California Event Space

Winner - Bronze

Competition: Spark:Space
Designer: Jensen Architects
Design Type: Spaces
Website: http://www.jensen-architects.com/

A wall painting with chairs—this project was developed as an adaptable tool kit serving new public programming and special events at the Oakland Museum of California. Sited in the museum’s terraced-concrete entry plaza, the project creates an outdoor living room for the community with simple metal garden chairs hung from hooks like chairs in a Shaker house. Initially projecting a strong graphic impression, the composition comes into three-dimensional relief and expresses itself as an interactive participatory piece where staff and visitors can create multiple seating arrangements in response to different events and gatherings. The installation features a toolkit of furniture, storage, and a large-scale drawing surface that invites the public to gather, rest, reflect, and comment. Museum visitors and staff are encouraged to use the furniture as they wish, creating a dynamic space for OMCA’s public programs, events, and everyday interactions. The black and white color palette was chosen for its graphic statement as well as its ability to serve as a canvas for an ever-changing human installation.