Andrew Michler

Gorgeous Green Roofed UCSF Lab Undulates Gingerly on a Hillside

by , 02/08/11

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Photo © Bruce Damonte

The overriding design challenge was to build on such a steep undulating landscape. The bulk of the building rests on trusses that connect at centrally located concrete piers and are anchored to the upper hillside. Isolation dampeners are incorporated for earthquake events. An open cantilevered walk wraps the building and a open air bridge connects to the campus eleven stories up. The building also softens the campus with its undulating form, making play in a group of overly serious towers.

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