Oklahoma Contemporary

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Oklahoma Contemporary among seven in global shortlist for 2020 World Architecture News Awards in Civics category

World Architect News • August 06, 2020
Oklahoma Contemporary WAN Awards
Photo of Oklahoma Contemporary by Scott McDonald, Gray City Studios

Oklahoma Contemporary’s new downtown campus stands as a new cultural destination among the architecture of Oklahoma City, a sculptural expression of the nonprofit’s mission to provide accessible, inclusive arts experiences. The 53,916 sq ft, four-story building, “Folding Light,” anchors the 4.6-acre campus which includes a renovated 9,839 square-foot 1910 historic warehouse (to house studios for ceramics, fiber, metal and wood) and a three-block arts park, providing space for outdoor exhibitions, education programs and public performances.

Visitors are greeted by a striking, sculptural building comprised of 16,800 custom-designed extruded aluminum fins extending from the ground to the building’s parapet. The shell is constructed from bright-dipped anodized aluminum, resulting in an ethereal facade designed to capture and reflect the dramatic changes in light and sky that characterize the local landscape. A vertical, four-story Lantern lit each evening marks the campus entry and a sculptural canopy adds elegance to the entrance and offers guests protection from the elements.

Judge's comment: "An elegant jewel in the Oklahoma landscape. The sun setting on the exterior skin visually transforms the museum."

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