OCMA = Frankenbuilding, Says U.K. Critic
|Orange County Museum of Art, Sep. 28, 2022. Note missing paneling on education wing at center|
Oliver Wainwright, writing in The Guardian, faults the fit and finish of the Thom Mayne/Morphosis Orange County Museum of Art. The building ("an unfinished Frankenstein's monster") was opened before construction was fully complete, and builders are still working through a punch list of fixes. UK-based Wainwright snipes, "The US construction industry isn't known for its attention to detail, but this is something else."
I think the issue here is neither digitally designed "fractured geometries" nor shoddy U.S. construction, but rather the museum's decision to stick to an announced opening date. Either you disappoint a local community looking forward to an opening that had already been delayed multiple times; or you disappoint architecture critics and fans who want to see the building in its definitive state (and who may have travelled a long distance to do so). OCMA director Heidi Zuckerman chose the second option.
|The paneling here is buckled (Sep. 28, 2022 photo)|