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Brief Published: 23 Sep 2011

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Museum/Archive


New York-based architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro (the same team behind the city’s High Line project) has just revealed its design plans for new the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). It is due to be built adjacent to the University of California Campus in Berkeley in 2015.

Although they will operate as two separate institutions, both the archive and museum will share the new building, which itself will be a conglomeration of three distinct structures: a revamped version of an existing Art Deco building (forming the entrance); an industrial-style, shed-like structure (the museum); and a contemporary addition, covered by a shimmering skin (the archive).

The aim of the conceptually extravagant space is to establish an educational, social and cultural hub that will engage the city around it in one architectural swoop.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro