Friday, March 20, 2009

Exclusive: Pixar Phase II Expansion Plans

Pixar has begun construction on the Phase II expansion of its legendary campus in Emeryville, California, with completion scheduled for April 2011, a trusted source close to the studio confirms.

Phase II, in planning since the early part of the decade, consists of the construction of a new four-level (includes partial basement), 155,194 sq. ft. building on the southwest corner of the 21-acre 1200 Park Avenue property, as well as an enlargement of the main parking lot that will add 304 parking spaces, and other changes. The new building will meet LEED environmental standards.

Following a series of required consultations, the Emeryville City Council quietly approved the final plans in late January. This is the first time details about Phase II have been reported by any media outlet.

According to city documents, the new building will accommodate artist work space for several departments, a small theater (approx. 110 seats), screening rooms, recording studio, game room, café (with kitchen), and computer equipment on four levels, including a partial basement.

The design of the structure was "inspired by the brick and concrete warehouses" that surround the campus. The building exterior will feature an "exposed concrete structural frame, with brick infill, painted steel dividing elements and painted aluminum windows." The primary exterior material will be brick, with the plan calling for two different types to be used "to provide a sense of detail and richness to the façade".

To make space for the new construction, the soccer field currently occupying the site will be relocated to the area immediately east of the new building. Several trees will also be removed, but will be replanted elsewhere.

The project team of record on the new development is made up of AWA/Allied Works Architecture, Perkins + Will, PWP/Peter Walker and Partners Landscape Architecture (see their work on Phase I), and SMWM.

Site Plan
Elevations
Floor Plans



Images obtained from records on file with the City of Emeryville.

14 comments:

MattGrigsby said...

Wow! How cool! Perhaps they should expand the cereal department too...

IncredibleMrD said...

Yay, Pixar is growing!
Also, check out this awesome new clip from Up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKMHMTbF4pw

acooper2 said...

Wow, these are really detailed plans. Thanks for posting them! Great to see Pixar making room for the new hires. I just wonder what's going to happen when they have to expand beyond their current campus.

acooper2 said...

I just finished looking over the floor plans and apparently Pixar has a "war" room on the second and third floors, which I found pretty funny. Dr. Strangelove, anyone?

Seriously, though, after looking at the plans, the new building looks really awesome. Glad they decided to borrow the atrium design from the main building.

Jordan said...

Yeah, now if only we could see current blueprints of the place...
All I know about the Pixar headquarters comes from what they show me in DVD special features.

Anonymous said...

they are anyroom for more expansion of pixar studios? just wonder to know

Simon said...

Can I please have one of those rooms? :D

Mike said...

Anonymous: There are plans for further phases of development.

acooper2 said...

Simon: Ditto! ;)

PixarFanatic said...

Holy cow! How are they going to keep track of everything?!

Anonymous said...

What the heck is going on over there? Are you drilling for oil or just trying to carve your basement out of some underground rock?

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Anonymous said...

haha pixar construction song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTdeWcBkXh8

Anonymous said...

i wish we could also see some blueprints on the main building..
just wanted to know whats inside.

thanks for posting the phase2 building though! really cool.