RMW’s Winning Design – SJMA Pop Up Art Studio

The winning design project for SJMA’s invitational competition is now under constructionThe Museum invited nine area design and architectural firms to submit proposals for a “pop-up” installation in the Museum, with the challenge to enhance the community education and outreach goals.

RMW’s intent embraced the mission to:

  • Take the museum outside the walls of the building
  • Engage multi-generational and multicultural audience by providing tiered levels of experience
  • Spark attention

The portal is an embodiment of the museum’s community outreach and education goals, housed in a form that is configured to the programmatic needs of a pop-up art studio.

It is a portal both in form and intent – comprised of a series of tubular aluminum frames, that seek to invoke the portal in its classical sense; a ‘gateway’ to transformative experiences, and in the technological sense, to access or link to related resources and experiences.

The form’s transparency and continuity symbolizes the museums philosophy of ‘meeting its patrons where they are’ and inviting them to observe, absorb and engage with a potentially transformative experience. The form allows for several alternative configurations, which in turn provide maximum programmatic adaptability, across indoor and outdoor venues, to hold workshops as well as performances. The form’s shape will stand out in any setting and offers use and engagement opportunities both inside as well as outside the form. The materials and parts are chosen to make assembly and disassembly easy, to allow for integrating various add-on amenities, and for convenient transportation.