La Quinta Arts Foundation visual arts scholar Taelynn Dalle is a third year architecture major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  Taelynn enjoys creating stimulating and innovative spaces, while also tackling the more practical aspects of architecture.  She shares an update on a current school project: designing a modern art museum.


“The site for this modern art museum is located in Culver City, California. The design is inspired by two parallel bars separated to create a sheltered garden experience between. The exterior forms are pushed and pulled to accentuate the linearity of the structure, creating a slashed skylight along the center.

Organic cutouts of the floor plates and mezzanine floors add a sense of play between the two forms and create two bridges connecting them on the second floor. Sculptural staircases follow these organic forms.

Windows are oriented on the north and south facades to provide even natural lighting throughout the day. Deep cantilevers create shading for the floors below, which block out hot, high summer sun while allowing cool, low winter sun in to heat the thermal mass.”


We look forward to the day when we can walk into one of her museums!