Welcome to BAM/PFA's Building Project News Center, where you can explore Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design for our new building in downtown Berkeley. Totaling 83,000 square feet, the new BAM/PFA combines serene spaces for viewing art and film with public areas that will inspire you with their fresh, imaginative design. Forward-looking and versatile, the project integrates a repurposed building—the former UC Berkeley printing plant, at the corner of Oxford and Center Streets—with a dramatic new structure. The new BAM/PFA is located at the juncture of the UC Berkeley campus and Berkeley's downtown arts district and is only one block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, making it easily accessible to audiences from throughout the region.
Work is nearing completion and we expect to open our doors to the public on January 31, 2016. The opening exhibition, Architecture of Life, will explore the ways that architecture—as concept, metaphor, and practice—illuminates aspects of life experience. Occupying all of the gallery spaces in the new building, the exhibition will present an international selection of over two hundred works of art, architectural drawings and models, and scientific illustrations made over the past two thousand years.
In BAM/PFA's new state-of-the-art film theater, we will continue to honor the art of cinema in the widest possible sense. During the inaugural year in the new building, international and local filmmakers, critics, special guests, and experts on film will share their love of the movies in the series Cinema Mon Amour.
We look forward to bringing you this new destination for artistic, educational, and civic opportunities for Berkeley, the Bay Area, and beyond.
BAM/PFA's new building will open on January 31, 2016. Inaugural exhibition, Architecture of Life, includes over 200 works dating from the past 2,000 years.
BAM/PFA To Celebrate the Midpoint of Construction of its New Building with a Block Party in Downtown Berkeley
Work has begun on new BAM/PFA building
UC Regents approve new building design and funding plan
Schematic design for the new BAM/PFA announced
Charles Renfro presents the new building design at a Community Open House
Design team commences design development phase
BAM/PFA selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro as design firm for new building
Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an international design firm that spans architecture, the visual arts, and the performing arts. The studio established its identity through experimental large-scale installations, curatorial and performance projects, and works in media and print. Based in New York, DS+R is led by three partners—Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro—who work collaboratively with a team of one hundred designers, artists, and architects on the design of each project.
In 1999, the MacArthur Foundation presented Ms. Diller and Mr. Scofidio with the ‘genius’ award, the first given in architecture, for their commitment to integrating architecture with issues of contemporary culture. They are fellows of the Royal Institute of British Architects and have been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Science. Other prestigious awards and honors received by DS+R include: the National Design Award from the Smithsonian, the Brunner Prize from the American Academy of the Arts and Letters, an Obie for an off-Broadway theater production, the AIA President’s Award, and the AIA Medal of Honor. In 2003, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a retrospective of the studio’s work, recognizing the firm’s unorthodox practice.
Recent and ongoing architecture projects include the High Line park, redevelopment of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the expansion of The Museum of Modern Art, and the new start-up Culture Shed, all in New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; The Broad Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Image and Sound, Rio de Janeiro; Zaryadye Park, Moscow; and the U.S. Olympic Museum, Colorado Springs. The studio’s recent art projects include Musings on a Glass Box for the Fondation Cartier and Charles James: Beyond Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
BAM/PFA's new building is located at Oxford Street, between Center and Addison Streets in downtown Berkeley. The new facility anchors Berkeley’s Arts District, where BAM/PFA counts as its neighbors the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Aurora Theater, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, the Bancroft Library’s Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, and the David Brower Center.
Just a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and across from the west entrance to the UC Berkeley campus, the new building is a linchpin between the University and the community. The Center and Oxford Street intersection, traversed by more than 10,000 people each day, is one of the most active pedestrian corridors in Berkeley.