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Brooks+Scarpa Unveil Los Angeles High School Clad With 650 Solar Panels
The new school uses similar passive sustainable techniques as schools designed by New Orleans architects Curtis and Davis in the 1950s, which were adapted to local climates to provide optimal learning condition for students. Instead of designing a conventional, fully-contained box, the architects introduced an open-air covered lobby and terraced flows to draw natural lighting and fresh air into the building.By utilizing natural resources and limiting artificial lighting and air conditioning, the design enabled significant cost savings. The spaces where most of the daily activities take place are grouped on one site.
Faceted, ribbed screens on the facades prevent excessive solar gain while 650 solar panels on the south façade provide clean energy for the school. The building, which aims for LEED Certification, features numerous sustainable materials incorporated throughout the project.
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