BAM/PFA to inaugurate new museum building next year

1 July 2015 (Last Updated July 1st, 2015 18:30)

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) have announced plans about the opening of a new building in California, designed by US-based studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

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UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) have announced plans about the opening of a new building in California, designed by US-based studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

The upgraded structure will offer improved spaces for exhibitions, film screenings, and public access to BAM/PFA collections. It is expected to be open from 31 Jan in 2016.

The new building will integrate the former UC Berkeley printing plant building, with 48,000ft2 of floor space and a new 35,000ft² structure.

The integrated development will have 25,000ft² of gallery space along with two film theaters, one performance forum, a cafe, four study centres for art and film, a reading room, an art-making lab, and multiple gathering areas.

"[It] creates a dramatic public spine that begins as a cantilevered cafe marking the building's entrance, and culminates in an indoor theatre."

Diller Scofidio + Renfro partner Charles Renfro said: "The supple body of the new structure, draped between the original 1930s orthogonal buildings and snagged on their sharp corners, creates a dramatic public spine that begins as a cantilevered cafe marking the building's entrance, and culminates in an indoor theater on the other end of the site."

BAM/PFA will have an inaugural exhibition titled 'Architecture of Life', and will present architecture to express life experience as concept, metaphor and practice.

The upgrade project is worth $112m and will emphasise BAM/PFA's role as the visual arts center of the campus, as well as being a global destination for all art and film lovers.


Image:Rendering of the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). Photo: courtesy of the UC Regents.