The new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University brings art to the forefront of university life – and the entire Inland Northwest region. Design Principal Jim Olson sought to create a building with bold visual appeal that would engage and inspire. The resulting reflective façade, crafted to match WSU’s signature crimson red, establishes the museum as a beacon for the arts in the heart of the Pullman, Washington campus.
The design consists of two distinct parts: the first serves as an informal entry to the museum, functioning as a flexible, casual space for hosting temporary exhibits and events. The second space is the “Crimson Cube.” This climate-controlled space houses the formal galleries and is enveloped by the crimson façade. The mirrored glass façade reflects and weaves the building into the campus as much as it announces the presence of art, creating a visual interplay that is always changing. Intended to inspire and engage – much like the art housed within – the “Crimson Cube” reflects sky, campus and students themselves.
Material used :
1. Hunter Douglas – Exterior mirrored glass rainscreen system (Distributed by QC Facades)
2. Stienfort Industries – Exterior mirrored glass façade panels (Distributed by QC Facades)
3. Vanceva – Crimson-colored glass interlayer on façade
4. Dans Element by Georgia Pacific – Sheathing
5. FastFlash by Prosoco – Weather barrier
6. Urban Lumber Company – Custom entry door and additional custom woodwork
7. Creoworks – Custom reception desk
8. Armstrong – Aluminum perforated drop ceiling at entry
9. Kawneer – Painted aluminum fixed windows
10. Renlita – Operable window wall
11. Carlisle – TPO roof
12. Advanced Steel & Welding – Custom structural steel fabrication