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

Arrival in Meadow Plaza. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

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.

Three Shortlisted to Design New UCSC Art and Science Institute

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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 (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, (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.

C House / Sommet & Asociados

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

Architects:
Location: Santa Cruz,
Architect In Charge: Sommet & Asociados
Design Team: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking
Area: 520 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

Los Mangales Residences / Sommet & Asociados

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

Architects:
Location: Santa Cruz,
Architect In Charge: Sommet & Asociados
Design Team: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking, Erika Peinado Vaca Diez
Site Manager: Mariano Donoso Rea
Structural Calculation: Zelmar Ibañez Pedraza
Area: 818 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

Equipetrol Houses / Sommet & Asociados

© Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

Architects: Sommet & Asociados
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Sommet & Asociados
Design Team: . Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking, Erika Peinado Vaca Díez
Area: 640 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Sebastián Fernández de Córdova Frerking

McHenry Library / Boora Architects

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Architects: Boora Architects
Location: , California, United States
Photographs: Chad Ziemendorf

Favre Ridge / Fuse Architecture

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This Los Gatos home was designed to capture the amazing views of the Mountains as the home sits nestled into the hillside on a south-facing slope. The clients wanted to fill the house with natural light, where the existing house had low overhanging eaves on the south side, limiting the view and natural light.

Architect: Fuse Architecture
Location: Santa Cruz, California,
Contractor: Cal Con Construction
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Fuse Architecture

Moana / Fuse Architecture

© Wayne Capelli of Interface

This 4 bedroom 3.5-bathroom unique beach home is the product of the client’s desires to reflect the personal lifestyles of their family. This property is located on a highly popular surf spot in Santa Cruz, CA, which is perfect for this active, surfing family of six. The design is perfectly suited to fuse together the distinctiveness of a modern home with the active beach vibe that encompasses the family.

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