CCS Architecture, who is known for their work designing restaurants and high end residences, rehabilitated two older buildings in the Westwood neighborhood to create the Tesla showroom back in 2008. Many materials from the original buildings were reused and updated with energy and water efficient systems and fixtures to create an eco friendly showroom to compliment the clean vehicles.
Skylights in the roof bring in natural daylight, and the roof has a highly reflective coating to reduce heat gain as well as above code foam insulation. Water efficient fixtures decrease water usage and efficient fluorescent lighting lights up the service areas. Energy efficient heating and cooling systems are assisted with passive cooling through cross ventilation. And while the managers had hoped to install a photovoltaic system on the roof, the building is sadly shaded too much by surrounding taller buildings.
Cass Smith of CCS Architecture commented about the showroom, “The cars are beautiful, so the showroom is set up to be a boutique experience, where the intended rawness of the space counterpoints the sleek refinement of the cars. It’s like sculpture in a gallery.”
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