Visual Culture

Starchitect Thom Mayne will design the Orange County Museum of Art’s new building.

Eli Hill
Jun 1, 2018 3:44PM, via OCMA

On June 17, the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) will close its current Newport Beach building, which it has called home for 41 years, as it begins preparations for the creation of its glitzy future building. The president of the museum’s board of trustees and its director and CEO Todd D. Smith revealed the timeline and design for OCMA’s new building on Thursday. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis, the plan includes roughly 50% more exhibition space than the current building provides, and will increase the museum’s overall footprint to 52,000-square-feet. It will feature an additional 10,000 square feet for performance spaces, education programs, and public space.

“The design also responds to a desire to enhance access to OCMA’s permanent collection through neutral, flexible exhibition spaces that can complement art of all media,” Mayne noted. The project will break ground next year, with an expected opening in 2021. While the museum patiently waits for it’s shiny new space to be erected, it will host temporary exhibitions at a gallery space in South Coast Plaza Village in Santa Ana.

Eli Hill