Gruen Firm to Co-Design Museum for Silicon Valley

Gruen Associates of Los Angeles and Legorreta Arquitectos of Mexico City have been named architects of the $100-million, 250,000-square-foot Technology Center of Silicon Valley, a high-technology and science museum planned for San Jose.

Construction is expected to begin next year, with completion scheduled for late 1988 for the facility to be built on an eight-acre site alongside the Guadalupe River in downtown San Jose, near Interstate 280.

One of the major objectives of the science museum will be to demystify technology without oversimplifying science. It will be similar in concept to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, according to a spokesman. Programs at the center are expected to serve 200,000 students a year.

The Gruen firm is the architect of the new Museum of Contemporary Art in the California Plaza development in downtown Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and an expansion/feasibility study for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu.

The Legorreta firm is headed by Ricardo Legorreta who is designing a Museum of Communications in Mexico City and a Museum of Architecture in Monaco.

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