The 52,000-square-foot facility, which will be located at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will dedicate 25,000 square feet to permanent exhibitions, and also feature 10,000 square feet of multipurpose, education, and performance space. The facility will also include approximately 10,000 square feet of additional floor area for exhibitions and a possible expansion, as well as a rooftop sculpture terrace capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people.
The design by SCI-Arc co-founder Thom Mayne will incorporate a grand staircase to connect the Argyos Plaza to the elevated sculpture terrace. The new OCMA is intended to be a porous environment with seamless connections between outdoor and indoor spaces.
Construction of the new museum is expected to begin next year, with completion anticipated in 2021. The existing OCMA, located in Newport Beach for four decades, will close on June 17. A temporary location will open by October 6.
OCMA's current home at 850 San Clemente Drive was recently sold to Nexus, a real estate developer with offices in Phoenix and Santa Ana. An earlier proposal to replace the museum with a 26-story condo tower was scuttled in 2017 with the city potentially facing a voter referendum against the project.
- Orange County Archive (Urbanize LA)