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

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Selected for New UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences
Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Selected for New UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences, Arrival in Meadow Plaza. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
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.

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 + 4

View through the redwood trees toward the Institute. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
View through the redwood trees toward the Institute. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

The institute will host exhibitions, seminars and other events focusing on both the arts and the sciences and their relationship to other disciplines. UC Santa Cruz claims that the Institute will be the first of its kind at a research university, creating content that will link to the university curriculum.

The site itself was the key driver for the design of the Institute of Arts and Sciences. Tod Williams and Billie Tsien noted how "the site for this Institute is one of unsurpassed beauty," and their building makes every attempt not to disturb this beauty, fitting around the trees on site and digging into the ground to become a part of the landscape. A plaza at the center of the design provides the focal point for the activities in the building.

View from Pedestrian Bridge towards the Institute. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
View from Pedestrian Bridge towards the Institute. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

The designs will be finalized in the coming months, alongside fundraising efforts for the building, which is expected to cost between $32-$40 million. "The precise construction calendar for the new facility will depend on the pace of fundraising," added John Weber, founding director of the Institute.

In order to realize the design Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will collaborate with the San Francisco architects TEF and the landscape architect Cheryl Barton.

Concept Model. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Concept Model. Image © Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
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Cite: Rory Stott. "Tod Williams & Billie Tsien Selected for New UCSC Institute of Arts and Sciences" 11 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/515120/tod-williams-billie-tsien-selected-for-new-uc-santa-cruz-building/> ISSN 0719-8884

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