Lancaster Museum + Art Gallery

The design of the museum is a set of polarities; open and solid, static and dynamic. Therefore, we designed two separate types of areas; one devoted to private and intimate art viewing, and another devoted to social and community gatherings. Gallery spaces are hidden within the solid volumes and organized around the naturally lit circulation and classrooms. The front colonnade adopts space on the sidewalk and encourages diverse engagement with the city. The museum re-activates a neglected city center and has become a focal backdrop for different events with the city’s residents. Since its opening the museum has hosted many events and the façade has provided a backdrop for community events.

        City of Lancaster, Parks, Recreation & Arts Dept
Description: Art Museum
Location:     665 W. Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, CA
Area:            20,225 net sf, 31,975 gross sf
                     6,380 existing gross sf, 25,595 new gross sf
Cost:            $4.6 million
Funding:     New Market Tax Credits/ City Redevelopment Funds
Awards:       2013 Los Angeles Business Council Civic Award
Status:        Completed 2012