Campus: CSU Northridge -- December 04, 2002
CSUN's Manzanita Hall Receives American Architecture
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has selected
Cal State Northridge's Manzanita Hall for a 2002 American Architecture
In a letter to the university informing it about the award, Chicago
Athenaeum President Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine said the organization
received hundreds of submissions for the 2002 awards from architecture
firms across the United States. Only 41 projects were chosen for the
award by a jury made up of members of the Icelandic Architects Association.
Manzanita Hall, which opened in the fall of 2001, is home to much of
Cal State Northridge's College of Arts, Media, and Communication, including
its acclaimed cinema and television arts and journalism departments.
The building, which cost a little more than $21 million to build, was
designed by nationally recognized architect Robert A.M. Stern. It replaced
the university's old Fine Arts Building, which was severely damaged
in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. The old building was designed by
the well-known modernist architect Richard Neutra.
"We were very pleased when Robert A.M. Stern was awarded the contract
to design the building, and this award demonstrates that our confidence
in Mr. Stern was justified," said William Toutant, dean of the
College of Arts, Media, and Communication.
New York-based Stern perhaps is best known in the Los Angeles area for
his design of the Feature Animation Building at Disney Studios in Burbank.
The building's distinctive cone-shaped tower, painted with a moon and
stars reminiscent of Mickey Mouse's hat in his role as the Sorcerer's
Apprentice in the animation classic, Fantasia, can be seen from the
Ventura (134) Freeway.
The architect chose a more nautical theme for Manzanita Hall. There
are porthole-like windows in classroom and office doors, and cruise
ship-like balcony railings along the north side of the second and third
floors, which face a three-story glass front façade looking onto
the core of the campus.
Pictures and drawings of the winning designs and projects will be featured
in a special exhibition next year at the Chicago Athenaeum, the only
museum of architecture and design in the United States. After Chicago,
the exhibition will tour museums in Iceland and Scandinavia.
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design founded "The
American Architecture Awards" in 1998 as a way to draw international
attention to new buildings and planning projects being built and designed
in the United States by American architecture offices and firms. The
program has a unique educational mission and public profile with the
intent of promoting and celebrating American design and American architecture
to a national and international audience.
Contact: Carmen Ramos Chandler (818) 677-2130