Gallery: UC Irvine Contemporary Arts Center is Finely Tuned to Southern...

Located just 4 miles from the Pacific Coast, UC Irvine's new Contemporary Arts Center was built to be in sync with the sunny weather in Southern California. The building needs very little in the way of mechanical climate control and relies almost exclusively on solar passive design and natural ventilation. Culver City-based Ehrlich Architects came up with the design for the innovative, energy efficient building on the university's arts campus. The LEED-designed building contains a black box theater, an art gallery, art labs, recording studios, offices, classrooms and lots of studio space.

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