The schematic design for the new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive by New York-based architects Diller Scofidio+Renfro (DS+R) was unveiled at a community open house yesterday evening. Firm principal Charles Renfro presented the $100 million, 82,000 square foot proposal, which is about half the cost and size of the initial 2006 Toyo Ito design, scrapped back in 2009.
In the wake of uncertain budgets, museum and University of California officials decided to change the project from a ground up building on the site of the existing museum to a renovation and expansion of a 1939 UC Berkeley printing press complex, located in the Berkeley’s arts district. Ten architects were initially invited to submit proposals for the project, and DS+R was selected in 2010 as design architect, with San Francisco firm EHDD retained as architect of record.
The new DS+R scheme is smaller and more modest than its predecessor, repurposing the steel frame printing press structure with its north facing sawtoot.......