Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Designs Unveiled for New Berkley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive Building

Continuing this morning of eagerly anticipated unveilings of new architecture, the Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive have released the first renderings of their new home. Following a rough blow back in late-2009 when the two organizations had to scrap plans to build a Toyo Ito-designed new building due to a mix of rough economic times and not finding they were able to reach their fundraising goals, they quickly shifted toward taking over an older building, a large structure that formerly housed a printing plant, and eventually hired Diller Scofidio + Renfro to design the new space for them. Now just over a year after hiring the firm, they’ve unveiled the first plans, offering up a small handful of images of what the project will look like when it’s finished, which is currently planned for sometime in 2015. Here’s a bit about the design from BAM/PFA’s director, Lawrence Rinder:

BAM/PFA’s dynamic exhibitions and programs will find an ideal home in the new facility designed by DS+R. The firm’s plan respects the grand interior of the existing printing plant, while adding to that building a bold new architectural form filled with sensuous colors, materials, and surfaces. DS+R’S commitment to the integration of cultural institutions into the life of cities is embodied in its embrace of transparency and openness as fundamental design principles. At once beautiful and accessible, the new BAM/PFA will be a destination for art and film lovers from throughout the Bay Area, the nation, and the world.