Berkley Art Museum and Archive by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Text: Detail Daily
The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive will move into an old plant with a new addition – wrapped by Diller Scofido + Renfro in sleek zinc paneling.
The Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive make up the University of California’s visual arts center were formerly housed in an iconic Brutalist building designed by Mario Ciampi in 1970. Now both are moving into a 1939 Art Deco printing plant and an addition by Diller Scofidio + Renfro
The New York–based office of Diller Scofidio + Renfro After was hired after the initial designs by Tokyo-based Toyo Ito that called for the plant’s demolition were abandoned due to a too high budget of 150 million dollar. Instead now Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s 90 million dollar concept for the Berkeley Art Museum and Archive preserves the existing building and adds a new building to make room for the program.
The existing 10,800-square-foot plant will house the museum’s collection and will be excavated to a new basement level to add a 12,500-square-foot gallery for light-sensitive art. The Pacific Film Archive as well as a theater, café, and film library will be located in the 30,000-square-foot new addition.
The Berkeley Museum and Pacific Archive is scheduled for completion in 2015.