House in Valley Street / Baran Studio Architecture

© Peter Lyons

Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: Berkeley, CA,
Collaborators: REO
Year: 2014
Photographs: Peter Lyons

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive to Open in 2016

Courtesy of UC Regents. Rendering by

As construction continues on its new home across from the UC Berkeley campus, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) is finalizing plans for its first exhibition – Architecture of Life - in this location. The curvilinear structure, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro with EHDD as executive architect, fuses old and new, outfitting what was the UC printing plant with modern exhibition space, offices, and theaters to make it a focal point in Berkeley’s downtown arts district.

More on the $112 million project after the break.

Phoenix House / Anderson Anderson Architecture

© Anthony Vizzari

Architects: Anderson Anderson Architecture
Location: , CA,
Architect In Charge: Mark Anderson, Peter Anderson
Design Team: Anderson, Peter Anderson, Johnson Tang, Yevgeniy Ossipov, Gennifer Muñoz, Yingying Xue, Jia Wu, Chris Campbell
Project Manager: Yevgeniy Ossipov
Area: 3700.0 ft2
Photographs: Anthony Vizzari

Harmon / Baran Studio Architecture

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Architects: Baran Studio Architecture
Location: , CA,
Development: Dogtown
Year: 2014
Photographs: Scott Hargis

Folger Offices / WA design


Architects: WA design
Location: , USA
Photographs: WA design

Berkeley School of Law Library / Ratcliff

© Steve Whittaker

Architect: Ratcliff 
Location: , California,
Landscape:  Hargreaves Associates, Alan Lewis & Brian Jencek
Principal-in-Charge: Joseph A. Nicola
Lead Designer: Crodd Chin
Project Architect/Designer: Ben Levi
Project Designers: Peter Soldat, Tony Keung, Greg Hildebrand
Project Design Team: Kevin Thornton, Pikesh Desai, Chris Young, Bill Winkleman, Bob Wong, Al Socias, Henry Chaikin, Nina Pakanant, Susan Kanno, Mike Matson and Bill Blessing
Project Interior Design Team: Bonnie Thomas, Marianne Schumacher, Maria Holder
Structural: Rutherford & Chekene, Dominic Campi
Photographer: Tim Griffith, Ethan KaplanSteve Whittaker


Berkeley Courtyard House / WA Design

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Architects: WA Design Inc
Location: , California,
Design Team: David Stark Wilson, Chris Parlette, Frank Eyerly, Tom Peebles, Angela Wong
Consultants: SDC (engineering); Artistic (lighting); Meline Engineering (mechanical)
Landscape Design: WA design
Project Area: 4,880 sqf
Photographs: Courtesy of WA Design Inc

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive presents Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design for new museum complex

Courtesy of / View from Corner of Center and Oxford Streets

The University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) today held a community open house to present the schematic design for its new facility to the public. The project, designed by the renowned New York City-based firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), will unite a repurposed former printing plant at 2120 Oxford Street with a new structure. More information and images after the break.

The Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at the University of California, Berkeley / Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

© Timothy Hursley

Designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, the environmentally sensitive Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library at University of California Berkeley helps alleviate the university’s growing pains since World War II. During the post World War II building boom on the University of California Berkeley campus, an “Arts Quadrangle” was established on a former playing field uphill from Hearst Gymnasium. Quickly, three sides were filled—a fine arts building to the south, an architecture building to the east, and two music buildings, one for classrooms and one a performance hall, to the north. To the west, the quad was left open to a view framed by Hearst Gymnasium and native vegetation to hints of the East Bay and sunsets beyond. Campus building did not stop, however, and the fourth side of the Arts Quadrangle was soon coveted as one of the last unbuilt sites on campus.

Architect: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Merrill Elam (Principal-in-Charge), Mack Scogin (Collaborating Principal), Lloyd Bray (Collaborating Principal), Brian Bell (Project Architect), Tim Harrison (Project Architect), John Trefry, Penn Ruderman, Kevin Gotsch, Juan Du, Ted Paxton, Barnum Tiller, Charlotte Henderson, David Yocum, Jennifer King, Margaret Fletcher, Helen Han
Associate Architect: Heery International, Inc.
MEP, Façade / Curtain Wall, and Lighting Engineer: Arup
Landscape Architect: PGAdesign inc.Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Civil Engineers: Brian Kangas Foulk
Slate Consultant: CF Slating
Shelving Consultant: Ross McDonald Company
Security / Telecommunications: TeeCom Design Group
Specifications: Marc Chavez
General Contractor: DPR Construction
Project Area: 28,775 sqf
Photographer: Timothy Hursley

Ed Roberts Campus / Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

© Tim Griffith

Commemorating the life of an international leader and educator in the disability rights movement, the Ed Roberts Campus recently opened in . When Ed Roberts founded ’s Center for Independent Living (CIL) in 1972, it was the world’s first organization to be run by and for people with disabilities. After Roberts’s death in 1995, the CIL and six other independent living/civil rights organizations joined forces to create a highly accessible, centralized place where the disabled can access services such as vocational training, education, housing and benefits assistance, and fitness and health support.

Architect: Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
Location: BART Station, Berkeley, California,
Project Area: 85,000 sqf
Photographs: © Tim Griffith

© Tim Griffith

Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and located at the Ashby BART Station, the 85,000 sqf facility embodies the principles of Universal Design—the creation of environments that strive to be equally easy and intuitive to use for individuals of all abilities. The design far exceeds the accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the heart of the building is a monumental helical ramp to the second floor, prominently placed behind the glazed facade facing the main entry plaza.

© Tim Griffith

Other Universal Design features include seven-foot-wide corridors to facilitate wheelchair use, automatic doors and hands-free building system controls, restrooms that meet a range of abilities, oversized elevators with special controls for wheelchair riders, and an easy-to-navigate wayfinding system aided by acoustical landmarks, high-contrast interior finishes, and colored and textured flooring.

© Tim Griffith

The facility also has numerous sustainable design elements, including exterior shading, operable windows for natural ventilation, energy-efficient mechanical and lighting systems, and the use of recycled, sustainably harvested, and rapidly renewable materials. Nontoxic finishes and filtered outside air enhance indoor air quality, addressing the needs of those with chemical sensitivities.

© Tim Griffith

The two-story building includes offices, exhibition space, community meeting rooms, a childcare center for children with disabilities, a fitness center, job training facilities, and a café. The campus is designed to present a distinct civic presence celebrating the values of its partner organizations, with an exterior materials palette of sandblasted concrete, stucco, and sustainably harvested Ipê wood shade screens. To the east and south, the building’s mass responds to the residential scale of the surrounding neighborhood. A semicircular main entry plaza serves as a drop-off and gathering place as well as a transit plaza for bus, tax, bicycle, and BART riders. A subgrade structure provides parking for staff and visitors and connects directly to the BART station concourse via a new public elevator.

© Tim Griffith

The design process involved numerous public Universal Design workshops as well as intensive engagement with South Berkeley’s neighbors, merchants, and historic preservation community.

© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith
© Tim Griffith

Wurstershire Sauce / UC Berkeley Landscape and Architecture Graduate Student Team

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In the Spring of 2010 a team of Landscape and Architecture graduate students from the University of California, Berkeley led a design build seminar to rethink a little known courtyard on the northeast corner of Wurster Hall. Originally used as an outdoor classroom, plant demonstration area, work space, and location for the CED happy hour, the objective of the project was to make a “bench” to accommodate and enhance these diverse activities. More images and team’s description after the break.

Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse / Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

© Sharon Risedorph Photography

The Freight & Salvage (whose non-profit organization is incorporated as the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) has long been the most venerable institution dedicated to presenting the best in folk and traditional music west of the Mississippi. It was vital to the client that the new venue be designed to continue evoking the vibe of the Freight as an intimate folk music venue despite the introduction of cutting-edge technology and increased auditorium capacity.

It was also essential that the facility be environmentally sustainable. In these two goals, the architect’s use of salvaged wood in the design wood (harvested from a deconstructed pair of auto repair garages that originally occupied the site) was crucial to achieving an image that fit with the historical and cultural flavor of Freight & Salvage from its roots in the late sixties, in its two previous venues.

Architects: Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects
Location: Berkeley, , USA
General Contractor: Oliver & Company, Inc.
Project/Construction Manager: Terrasset Management Group, LLC
Landscape (green roof): Design Ecology
Civil Engineer: Keir and Wright Civil Engineers & Surveyors, Inc.
Structural: Structural Engineers Incorporated
Mechanical: CAL-AIR (Johnson Controls)
Electrical: Silverman & Light
Theatrical Consultant: The Shalleck Collaborative
Acoustics: Charles M Salter Associates Inc.
Audio Visual: The Shalleck Collaborative
Project Area: 18,000 sqf
Project Year: 2006-2009
Photographs: Billy Hustace Photography, Sharon Risedorph Photography, Hali McGrath Music Photography, Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects

Field Rupture / VeeV Design

Photograph © Reid Yalom

A sculptural by VeeV Design, entitled Field Rupture, rests upon the courtyard of a 1950s modern house in Berkeley Hills, .  Since the installation is applied over the topological surface, the shifting ground conceptually pushes the surface vertically, and, as the name implies, this action causes the surface to “rupture.” Using a laser cutter to produce the digital fabrication, the sheet metal formation seems to burst from the ground as a “figure of two planes pushing against one another.”

More images of the installation after the break.

The Berkeley [IN]STITUTES in Environmental Design

The College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, is offering three summer programs that introduce the study of architecture, landscape architecture, and sustainable city planning. These [IN]STITUTES in Environmental Design are designed for post-baccalaureate students or senior-level undergraduates with majors in other fields who are interested in testing their enthusiasm for the material and culture of environmental design. The curriculum emphasizes the preparation of materials for application to graduate study in one of its disciplines. The [IN]STITUTES give students the opportunity to:

- Explore the methods and theories of the fields
- Experience the culture of the design and planning studios
- Connect to top faculty and professionals
- Build a portfolio for graduate school application

Applications due April 10. For more information click here.