AKA: Orange County Museum of Art Project, Newport Beach, CA

Structure Type: built works - exhibition buildings - museums

Designers: Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), Architects (firm); Sheldon Fox (architect); A. Eugene Kohn (architect); William Pedersen (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

800 Avocado Avenue
Newport Beach, CA 92660-7945

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This museum was designed for a tract bounded by the Pacific Coast Highway (on the southwest), Avocado Avenue (on the northwest), and MacArthur Boulevard (on the southeast).

The Orange County Museum of Art has roots going back to 1918, when the organization was known as the Laguna Beach Art Association. It has been known as the Orange County Museum of Art since 1996. For the architects, Kohn Pederson Fox, A. Eugene Kohn served as the Partner-in-Charge; the Design Partner was William Pederson. Due to zoning constraints, the plan had to remain one-story high. The architects configured the retail, educational, administrative, and gallery functions in distinct, rowed sections, joined together by an slightly curved circulation spine. A key element to the plan was the courtyards that would be located in between various portions of the building, providing a balance between art and nature.


PCAD id: 7061