UC-Berkeley begins construction of art museum, film archive

Adaptive reuse project will transform printing plant into $100 million cultural facility

February 15, 2013 |
Adaptive reuse and addition will create art museum and film archive

The University of California-Berkeley has begun work on a $100 million project to turn a 1939 printing plant into the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. The 50,000-sf concrete structure will be expanded with a new 30,000-sf steel-clad wing to the north. 

Museum galleries will be placed in the existing building, and the new wing will hold 230-seat and 32-seat film theaters, as well as a café. The current museum building has been determined to be seismically unsafe. The Building Team for the donor-funded project includes architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and EHDD.


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