Exclusive: Art Center Renovation Shortlist

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A historic image of Ellwood's masterpiece for Art Center

AN has managed to get its hands on the shortlist for Art Center College’s renovation of its iconic Craig Ellwood building in the hills of Pasadena. Completed in 1976, the dark structure, with its expressive exposed steel frame and amazing glass and steel bridges, is one of our favorites in California, but certainly needs a facelift. According to the RFQ the renovation includes reshaping and expanding the academic building, updating it seismically, installing new sustainable energy systems, and improving its roof and glazing systems. The four finalists are…. drumroll please… Michael Maltzan Architecture, Behnisch Architekten (LA office), Barton Myers Associates, and Krueck + Sexton. That’s three local firms and a Chicago firm, Krueck + Sexton, that renovated a similar project: Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall at IIT. The winner, according to competition organizer David Meckel, will be announced early next year. Make sure to take a look at these amazing historic images of the building (including campus construction shots) below, from the Art Center exhibition Hillside Campus.

2 Responses to “Exclusive: Art Center Renovation Shortlist”

  1. Vanessa thompson says:

    I love it! really great! You should check designgallerist.wordpress.com and get some inspired!

  2. Ariana says:

    Hi! i´m an architecture student and I´m looking documentation about the Art Center, could you tell me where did you get these pictures? and most important if you have any plans from the building?
    Thanks in advance!

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