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The Film Archive and Preservation Center
The Film Archive and Preservation Center, thought by David Packard, sits on a 64.5 acre site in Santa Clarita, California. It provides the highest standards of preservation and storage for one of the most significant collections of film and television moving images in the world. The project includes a film preservation laboratory, a digital moving image and audio preservation laboratory, film video and a paper storage archive central plant. Staff offices are adjoining the existing underground nitrate film storage vaults.
The building is comprised of two distinct areas, the Collection Storage and the Stoa, which is a two story building with colonnades, named by the ancient Greeks, from which he was inspired.The second, an L-shaped structure houses the preservation labs, work rooms, preservationists and administrative offices. The interior architecture recalls motifs from the Florentine monastery of San Marco and is designed to inspire the preservationist’s work. The palette of materials is Mediterranean with Terracotta roof tiles, light-colored Italian limestone columns and walls; Terracotta floors, plaster walls with the parking area located beneath an olive orchard.
The Windows and Doors had to combine elegance with performance, form and function.
The wood units are built out of FSC certified Sapelli Mahogany with elegant mun-tins, visible bronze cremones with multipoint locking systems and slender profiles.
The outside is extruded custom cladding in Architectural Bronze. Nine custom extrusions were developed for the 141 windows and 56 doors produced by Fabbio Design. However, underneath the gentle and elegant design every single window was glazed in low-e, energy efficient, glazing and was field tested to pass AAMA CW-60 water tightness standards before approval.
This project took more than two years between the initial mock-up, until final construction.
The Architectural Elements Department worked with the Architects and Builders and supplied all the Terracotta flooring and custom manufactured the roof tiles to BAR and PHI’s historically accurate specifications.
The photo gallery will take you through the process of these highly customized units where the clad was specifically designed by the architects and special extrusion molds were executed. The units had to pass the highest engineering standards and reached CW-60 field tested ratings.
Architects: BAR Architects
Contractors: Morley Builders