The historical buildings housing Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, have undergone a transformation. In a major project undertaken by LUCE et studio, the museum was expanded by more than 900 square metres. The new space features exhibition halls, an auditorium, a training centre, a museum shop, a bistro and a café, among other facilities. Join us on a sensory journey through a world of art, where Dinesen HeartOak and Oak Classic are used to support the purpose of the museum.
Museum – San Diego, Californien, USA
Architect: LUCE et studio
Photographer: Ron Kerner
Layers HeartOak and Layers Oak Classic
Thickness: 22 mm. Width: 300 mm. Length: 3–5 m.
Finish: Bona NaturalSeal and Bona Natural water-based urethanes
LUCE’s renovation of Mingei International Museum was guided by a specific mission to reflect the museum’s value base: ‘art of the world, art of the people’. Driven by a strong passion for quality craftsmanship and materials, LUCE created a renewed space for experiences that engage the senses. Based on this goal, Dinesen HeartOak and Oak Classic are actively incorporated into the architecture to help tell a story that matches the museum’s purpose.
A key priority for LUCE was to bring materials into the project that not only tell a story but also offer the museum-goers a tactile experience. Beautiful materials that resonate with the art and which the guests can feel and touch. To achieve this, LUCE chose Dinesen HeartOak and Oak Classic to contribute to the museum’s overall narrative and add depth to the experience of the place.
Dinesen HeartOak and Oak Classic are widely used in the new museum architecture, including in exhibition halls, the library, the large, sunken theatre stage and walls in full-length planks as well as the central stair that is also used for seating during guided tours.