Gallery: Brooks+Scarpa Unveil Los Angeles High School Clad With 650 Sol...

The building is adapted to the local climate to provide optimal learning condition for students.

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.

+ Brooks+Scarpa Architects

Via World Architecture News, Cubeme


or your inhabitat account below

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home