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Supersonic Wind Tunnel Building Renovated Into Daylit ACCD South Campus In Pasadena
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On August 5, 2011 @ 12:59 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Daylighting,Green renovation,green roof,Sustainable Building | No Comments
The original facility helped aircraft companies test their designs until after the Cold War, when Dacor Corporation took it over to build high-end kitchen appliances. The arts college, which is based on the outskirts of Pasadena, felt that the area could serve as a great place to open up another campus and create a better connection with the city. Since it was a testing and manufacturing facility, the building had few windows and was closed off from the surrounding environment. One of Daly Genik’s main goals for the renovation  was to open up a connection with the surrounding environment and provide optimum lighting conditions  for the classrooms and studios.
Windows were cut into the thick street-front concrete walls to pull light into the classrooms and make the interior program visible from the street. Then three large cuts were made in the roof to serve as the bases for the sculptural skylights . A major concern for the architects was adding too much weight to the roof, so they worked with engineers to design a lightweight skylight system made from ETFE  films stretched over structural frames. Three thin Teflon-coated polymers create a pillow between the frames, which inflate or deflate to adjust the amount of natural light and heat entering the building.
These skylights sit in a field of native grasses planted on top of the roof, creating a sculpture garden of sorts and a campus quad, which students and faculty enjoy. Much of the interior was adapted to meet the needs of the school, and the exterior was sand blasted to remove years of paint and reveal the original building material. ACCD’s South Campus was one of the first building’s in Pasadena to receive LEED certification , and one of the first renovated buildings in the US to do so.
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Via Designboom 
Images ©Benny Chan/Fotoworks, Nic Lehoux and Grant Mudford courtesy of Daly Genik
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URLs in this post:
 Art Center College of Design's: http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/index.jsp
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/shell-house-awesome-seaside-home-in-japan-is-modeled-after-mollusks/
 Daly Genik Architects: http://inhabitat.com/the-palms-houses-futuristic-metal-screens-provide-privacy-from-in-laws/
 renovation: http://inhabitat.com/tag/green-renovation
 optimum lighting conditions: http://inhabitat.com/category/daylighting
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/velux-sunlighthouse-is-austrias-first-net-zero-energy-and-carbon-house/
 ETFE: http://inhabitat.com/tag/etfe
 LEED certification: http://inhabitat.com/tag/leed-certification
 + Daly Genik: http://www.dalygenik.com/
 Designboom: http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/15464/daly-genik-architects-accd-south-campus.html
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