Film Archive & Preservation Center – The PHI Stoa

Film Archive & Preservation Center – The PHI Stoa

The Film Archive & Preservation Center is a state-of-the-art preservation and storage facility for one of the most significant collections of film and television moving images in the world. New construction of the complex expands upon existing nitrate film storage vaults to include a film preservation laboratory, a digital moving image and audio preservation laboratory, film video and paper storage archive, one large theater for events, two 20-seat screening rooms, gallery exhibit space, research and study area, a central plant, and office space.


The Type I concrete structure has two distinct spaces—The Collection Storage and Stoa. Collection Storage is primarily underground with temperature and humidity controlled vaults, collection services, loading dock, film lab, and a central plant for the entire project. Stoa is an L-shaped structure with two-story colonnades with preservation labs, preservation work rooms, and offices.


Project Size:

165,358 gsf


The Packard Humanities Institute


BAR Architects


  • ACI Pankow & Concrete Awards (Southern California Chapter) – Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award
  • CalOSHA – Golden Gate Partnership Recognition for Commitment to Safety
  • Structural Engineers Association of California Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards – Award of Merit

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