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Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Selected for New UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences

The University of California, Santa Cruz have selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects to design their new Institute of the Arts and Sciences building, a 30,000 square foot building containing exhibition spaces, seminar rooms, studios and offices, a café, and ample public gathering areas.

Set into a natural landscape of redwood trees and with views over Monterey Bay, Williams & Tsien's building avoids monumental or sculptural gestures, instead creating a dialogue with the site, with a series of paths, bridges and open spaces criss-crossing the site to provide a rich network of spaces.

More on the design after the break.

Concept Model. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects Arrival in Meadow Plaza. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects View through the redwood trees toward the Institute. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects View from Pedestrian Bridge towards the Institute. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

Three Shortlisted to Design New UCSC Art and Science Institute

UPDATE: Three teams have been selected to move forward in the competition: Allied Works Architecture (Portland/New York), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York), and the team of Patkau Architects (Vancouver, B.C.) and Fong & Chan Architects (San Francisco). The finalists will present their proposals April 3 and a winner will be announced shortly after.

Seven high-profile teams have been shortlisted to design a new research, museum and performing arts center for the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Planned for a stunning site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the $32 million project is intended to be “an innovative educational experiment” that will “blur the lines between disciplines to beautiful effect.” The shortlist ranges from Steven Holl to Tod Williams Billies Tsien. The complete list of competitors, after the break. 

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  • Architects: Fuse Architecture
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
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  • Contractor: Cal Con Construction
  • Project Year: 2009

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  • Architects: Fuse Architecture
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  • Architect: Fuse Architecture
  • Engineer: George Reynolds
  • Landscape Architect: Fuse Architecture
  • Project Year: 2006
  • Photographs: Wayne Capelli of Interface

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