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The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

  • Design Principal

    Jim Olson

  • Principal

    Steven Rainville

The new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Washington State University brings art to the forefront of university life – and the entire Inland Northwest region. Design Principal Jim Olson sought to create a building with bold visual appeal that would engage and inspire. The resulting reflective façade, crafted to match WSU’s signature crimson red, establishes the museum as a beacon for the arts in the heart of the Pullman, Washington campus.

The design consists of two distinct parts: the first serves as an informal entry to the museum, functioning as a flexible, casual space for hosting temporary exhibits and events. The second space is the “Crimson Cube.” This climate-controlled space houses the formal galleries and is enveloped by the crimson façade. The mirrored glass façade reflects and weaves the building into the campus as much as it announces the presence of art, creating a visual interplay that is always changing. Intended to inspire and engage – much like the art housed within – the “Crimson Cube” reflects sky, campus and students themselves.

Art is about creativity and the world needs creative thinking now more than ever. When students see themselves reflected in this building, they’ll see their lives through the lens of art. Jim Olson, FAIA

Team

Publications

2018

Bauer, Jennifer K. “A Refuge For Inspiration.” Moscow Pullman Daily News, 5 April 2018, 3, 5. Print.

Gallow, Lauren and Steven Rainville. “WSU art museum a crimson ‘jewel box’ in the heart of campus.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 16 Nov. 2017, 3, 122. Print.

Gallow, Lauren and Steven Rainville. “WSU art museum a crimson ‘jewel box’ in the heart of campus.” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 16 Nov. 2017. Web.

“Grand Opening.” Art & Antiques, April 2018, 30. Print.

Heyman, Stephen. “Arresting Developments.” Elle Décor, 1 March 2018, 52. Print.

Johnson, Sara. “Olson Kundig’s “Crimson Cube” Opens at Washington State University.” Architect, 12 April 2018. Web.

Mobley, Karen. “Washington State University’s New Art Museum.” March/April 2018, 24-30. Print.

Nadauld, Taylor. “WSU Community Reacts To New Crimson Cube.” Moscow Pullman Daily News, 8 April 2018, 1, 6. Print.

Nailen, Dan. “The new WSU art museum is designed to inspire and challenge visitors.” Inlander, 20 Sept. 2018. Web.

Sun, Rachel. “Art venue beckons.” The Spokesman-Review, 7 April 2018, 1, 5. Print.

Sun, Rachel. “Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Opens on WSU Campus.” The Spokesman-Review, 7 April. 2018. Web.

2017

Chang, Katie. “Sexy, Sophisticated, Serene: Why You Need to Visit JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa.” Forbes, 31 Aug. 2017. Web.

McGarry, Kevin. “Mexico: A New Zen By the Sea.” Pin-Up, Sp/Su 2017 Issue 22, 206-209. Print.

1996

Ivy, Robert. “Powerful Forms for a Hard-Working Town.” Architectural Record, Oct. 1996, 70-77. Print.