Furthering the Museum’s ability to serve as an international center for arts and culture, the Museum of Craft and Design’s new facility expands the institution’s exhibition space by nearly 50% and features the museum’s first dedicated educational workshop and programming space. A non-collecting institution, the Museum of Craft and Design is one of North America’s few institutions dedicated to contemporary practices in craft and design. Exploring the active roles craft and design play in everyday life, the Museum will originate exhibitions, host traveling exhibitions, continue to present pop-ups exhibitions and collaborate with museums from around the world to present outstanding works of craft and design.
The new permanent home of the Museum of Craft and Design is located at 2569 Third Street in the historic American Industrial Center building, originally home to American Can Company (1915), in the heart of San Francisco’s Dogpatch district. Designed by Gary Hutton Design and architect-of-record McCall Design Group, the 8,500 square foot museum incorporates 4,000 square feet of flexible exhibition and public programming space, while housing the Museum’s office spaces and a converted loading dock streetfront Museum Store. A primary characteristic is the use of glass and concrete, which creates a transparent visual poetry in the delineation of the entrance and interior spaces and maintains the industrial integrity of the building. Coupled with exposed industrial ducting, 24 foot concrete columns and ceilings, brick, movable walls and thoroughly considered sight lines, the museum will be an exciting new arts destination in San Francisco and beacon for the historic Dogpatch district.
We're looking forward to being part of the continued transformation of San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood into a thriving enclave for arts, culture, dining and entertainment. Travel + Leisure (Nov 2012) recently named Dogpatch, "San Francisco's new creative epicenter" and the Museum of Craft and Design as a "cultural hub."