Demolition makes way for new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Major demolition is under way in Berkeley on the site of the new location for the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Rendering of the design for the Oxford-Addison corner of the new BAM/PFA by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Image courtesy: BAM/PFA

The UC Berkeley-owned car park at 2150 Addison Street, is being demolished, and several large trees have been removed, to clear the ground for construction.

The UC Berkeley museum is creating a new home, designed by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, from a 1930s former printing plant owned by the university. The new BMA/PFA is slated to open in the summer of 2016.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s plans for BAM/PFA include a sculptural zinc-clad armature that will stretch across the museum from Center St. to Addison, and a café which will project out of the main structure over the museum’s Center St. entrance.