INSTITUTIONAL PROJECTS

POLA World Cruise Center
GSA E Schwartz Fed Building Staircase
Para Los Niños- Family Learning Complex
Adaptive Re-Use Pre-School Conversion
California History Museum
Egyptian Museum
GSA Roybal Jury Room
Helsinki Museum of Contemporary Art Competition
Jyvaskyla Museum and Concert Hall
Museum of Paleontology- Central Museum
POLA Red Car Museum
Santa Monica Place Parking Structure
SJRRC Facility
Weingart Stadium Renovation

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The settlement and development of California's Great Central Valley is a unique example of the ongoing relationship between the natural landscape and the people who live in it. This project draws its inspiration from several aspects of this dynamic relationship.

Watering the Land - In the interior courtyard of the museum, water is seen running off from the top of the rough stone walls of the museum and finding its way to a symbolic valley where it produces garden areas. This watering process, and the geometry of roads and irrigation canals, is the inspiration for both the outdoor areas surrounding the museum and the building itself. The architecture of the building reflects this geometry in a dialogue between rough stone and smooth metal louvres and glass.

CALIFORNIA HISTORY MUSEUMCalifornia FRESNO, CA
CITY OF FRESNO
2001
Morris Architects, William Taylor: Director of Design