Finalists announced for California College of the Arts expansion

The California College of the Arts (CCA) has announced three American finalists for a radical reorganisation of its estate. They are: Allied Works, Michael Maltzan Architecture and Studio Gang.

The college aims to unify its two campuses in Oakland and San Francisco into one institution in San Francisco.

The expanded site will allow CCA to house all its programmes in "art, crafts, design, architecture and writing in one location to create new adjacencies and interactions".

The primary project site is the 2.4 acre lot bordering the college’s existing San Francisco campus buildings. It will bring 2,000 students, 600 faculty, 250 staff and 34 academic programmes together. The college aims to double the amount of student accommodation to 1,000 by 2025.

Image via Studio Gang

The CCA was was founded in Oakland in 1907 as part of the Arts & Crafts movement, which began in the Britain in the 1880s as a response to industrialisation. Its new home will have to reflect this aesthetic and ethical heritage.

CCA says it has "ambitious sustainability objectives, including strategies for water and energy generation, usage, and conservation; healthy air quality; and environmentally safe artmaking materials and practices".

Representatives from the three finalist firms will give ninety minute presentations open to the public in Timken Lecture Hall on the San Francisco campus.

A winner will be chosen next month.

Top image via Allied Works

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