Julia Morgan Awards 2020

We are proud to announce that the "The Film Archive and Preservation Center" project in Santa Clarita (California, USA) for which we designed, built and installed the windows, won the JULIA MORGAN AWARDS 2020 in the "Craftsmanship & Artisanship" category .

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 housing 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. The parking is located beneath an olive orchard.


It is the result of a careful and specific design, customized on the basis of the request of American architects, designers and builders.
It's a Sapelli Mahogany wood window with a bronze clad, that has been specifically certified to fully test the thermal performance, air, water and wind resistance, which are excellent.
The aesthetic design was aimed at best contextualizing the windows/doors in the building, with lowe panels and divided-lites with customized shapes.
We have established a great collaboration with the reference professionals, made up of sharing and growth.
The result is a unique project of its kind, with excellence in quality and professionalism.

Owner: Packard Humanities Institute
Architect: BAR Architects
Contractor: Morley Builders
Partner: CoorItalia Inc