Shortlist announced for UCSC art and science institute contract

19 March 2014

Three teams of architects have been selected to move forward in the competition to design a new arts and science institute for the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

Allied Works Architecture (Portland/New York), Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York), and the team of Patkau Architects (Vancouver, B.C.) and Fong & Chan Architects (San Francisco) will present their proposals on 3 April and a winner will be announced shortly after.

Planned for a 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 desire to have something like this has been around for a very long time, but it came into focus in the last couple of years," stated institute director John Weber. "The vision is to engage the issues of our time through the arts, sciences, humanities and technology based on research here at UC Santa Cruz and bringing in material that complements and pushes what's going on here."

In addition to the museum, performance and teaching facilities, the institute will offer research residences, meeting and study spaces, as well as a 120-person seminar room and cafe. Access will be made available through a network pathways and the construction of a pedestrian bridge, which will be designed as part of the overall commission.

A public presentation of the final three proposals will be conducted in early April. A projected completion date has yet to be determined and is, according to Weber, contingent on funding.

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