was formerly located in an early 20th-century family home on Russell Street in the Elmwood neighbowill now be readily accessible to the public in a beautifully renovated, centrally located 25,000 sq ft sp2121 Allston Way.The building, which was designed in the 1920s as a printing plant for UC Berkeley, was most recentlUC’s Bancroft Library, with whom the Magnes now partners. Before that, the Berkeley Public Librarythe space. Marks left by book stacks on the stained, maple-colored concrete floors bear the stamp of building’s history.
The heart of the new museum is an open exhibition space featuring elm wood and glass, transparency and warmth being key to the space's design
The building has been transformed by San Francisco architects Pfau Long in collaboration with localfabrication company Picassa Studios. The goal, said the museum’s Director Alla Efimova, was to creinviting place with an emphasis on transparency.“We wanted an open space with a good flow where the community could spend time discovering theshe said.The heart of the museum is an exhibition space crafted from reclaimed elm and glass which will shorevolving exhibition of the Magnes’ permanent collection. There is also a study room, a conference slarge events room, as well as a gallery and offices. The museum has doubled its storage space, andcollection is now on-site.