Pasadena's Art Center College of Design has officially picked up the old US Postal Service building bordering its South Campus and has announced that it's selected Michael Maltzan Architecture to handle design work. ACCD has two already-very-fine physical campuses--the South one on Raymond Ave., a "former supersonic wind tunnel" redesigned by Kevin Daly; and the Hillside Campus above the Rose Bowl, which has an arroyo-straddling main building designed by Craig Ellwood. A rep for the school tells us that Maltzan is right now working with students, faculty, and staff to create an "academic master plan" for both campuses. The vacant postal service property was purchased with $5 million in alumni gifts, including "three, seven-figure irrevocable bequests," according to a press release, which turns on its head everything we thought we knew about art majors.
The main building on the site will be adaptively reused and an accompanying two-story parking structure could be repurposed as well. The Ellwood building at the Hillside Campus will also get a remodel. We're told the master plan should be finished up by early summer.
· Art Center Announces Acquisition of New Property and Partnership With Michael Maltzan Architecture [Dotted Line]
· Pasadena's Art Center College of Design Is In Expansion Mode [Curbed LA]