Gallery: NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest F...

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California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom arrived to greet William McDonough and check out the building before its ribbon cutting ceremony on April 20th, 2012.

Situated at Moffet Field in Mountain View, California, the $25 million NASA Sustainability Base features a front facade that takes design cues from the International Space Station. At a media unveiling today Green architect and Cradle to Cradle founder William McDonough explained that his team sought to design a building that was “native to place” – meaning that it was carefully designed to suit its site while maximizing efficiency and actually creating a positive impact upon the environment. The 50,000 square-foot structure was built from the ground up to meld with its surrounding environment and make the most of available daylight, natural ventilation, and shading.

The building’s relatively narrow 54-foot width allows daylight to reach the middle of each floor, and the entire building is wrapped in an exoskeleton that provides shade while allowing light and air to flow inside the building. This exoskeleton also provides great seismic stability and allows the interior to have a column-free floor plan.

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  1. Nathaniel Ross May 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Fantastic coverage of a groundbreaking building. Now, if only our cities’ architects could follow suit!

  2. nasaslame April 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    So, instead of our MoonBase we get another SubUrban office building…

    Thanks NASA.

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