Located at the heart of the Arts complex, the Digital Arts Research Center provides a collaborative hub for a range of disciplines, using modularity and flexibility to respond to evolving program needs.
The Digital Arts Resource Center (DARC) connects the arts and theatre complexes with the music center at UC Santa Cruz. Sited amid a grove of live oaks between uphill redwoods and downhill grasslands, the resource center takes full advantage of its natural surroundings. A bridge from the arts and theater areas connects with an existing path through the oaks to a dramatic third-floor overlook. With views of the Pacific Ocean, this spacious outdoor overlook was designed as a central gathering space for students and faculty from all departments within the arts division.
The mass of the building is a reflection of the varied activities contained within. A new Media Lab, at the heart of the new building, is a flexible double-height volume housing installations and performances, available for use by all departments. On the third level, sloped roofs accommodate large north-facing windows at a large drawing studio for students and five smaller painting studios for faculty. A gallery space on the third floor serves as a beacon to the larger campus via back projection on a retractable screen.