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Architect Roche-Dinkeloo
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Location Oakland, California   map
Date 1961 to 1968   timeline
Building Type art museum (and general)
 Construction System cast-in-place concrete
Climate mild
Context urban
Style Environmental Modern
Notes Set into the ground, an internalized landscape, with extensive roof sculpture garden.






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Perspective Drawing

Discussion Oakland Museum Commentary

"What the city of Oakland asked for was three new buildings on a four-block site to house the collections of the city's existing museums of art, history and natural science. What it got was a complex of three interrelated museums tucked under terraces and opening onto gardens so that the site became a green oasis in a city starved for parks. The way this happened is an object lesson in the design of civic architecture, and an example of how architects can help clients get what they really need."

— Jeanne M. Davern, ed. Architecture 1970-1980: A Decade of Change. p13.

"The building, which occupies four blocks, is conceived as a walled garden with large welcoming entrances. The galleries are so arranged that the roof of one becomes the terrace of another. A pedestrian street connects the different levels and the other functions. Each area opens directly onto lawns, terraces, trellised passages and broad flights of stairs.

"The entire museum is built of a light colored concrete with a sandblasted finish. The wide walls which surround the planting are just the right height to sit on. The planting has begun to do what it was hoped it would, to grow over the entire building, gradually submerging its form and creating a lush, colorful garden."

— from Yukio Futagawa, ed. Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo, and Associates, 1962-1975. p24.

Sources on Oakland Museum

Francesco Dal Co. Kevin Roche. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1985. ISBN 0-8478-0680-4. LC 85-43064. NA737.R57A35 1985. Color photo of general aerial view over Oakland Museum, p9. color photo of Oakland Museum, p28. perspective detail of section, p88.

Yukio Futagawa, ed. Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates: the Ford Foundation Building, New York, and the Oakland Museum, California. Tokyo: A.D.A. Edita Tokyo, 1971. xNA737.K46F87 1973. discussion, p24. section, p43. plan, p43.

A. J. Peterson, Oakland, CA. Slides from photographer's collection, September 1993. PCD.3235.1012.0545.092. PCD.3235.1012.0545.091. PCD.3235.1012.0545.093.

Photos courtesy of Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo and Associates. PCD.2285.1013.1265.79. PCD.2285.1013.1265.78.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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