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

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The Sustainability Base's green program extends to its site, which is planted with native California plants and drought-tolerant species. On-site bioswales help filter pollution and ease rainwater runoff, and a series of 99 geothermal heat wells in a nearby field help to regulate the building's temperature.

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.

Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat

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  1. Nathaniel Ross 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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