The buildings proposed are considered to be dependent on one another for the loop would be incomplete without the other. From a figure-ground viewpoint, one would notice that the two bar expansion catalyzes a solid-void relationship within the existing site, removing the north/south porosity and giving definition to the hierarchical ‘wilderness' courtyard abundant with dense eucalyptus trees. This newly defined exterior space is envisioned as a supplement to inspire both the scientist and the residents offering a soft, serene environment in contrast to the ocean facing, stone surface courtyard designed by Louis Berragon. In focusing on the mirrored bars, the earth is pushed back on both sides allowing natural light to penetrate deep into the lower two floors containing the laboratories which are inter-connected via sky lit hyphens to the laboratories in the 1960 and 1995 structures providing scientists amiable accessibility throughout the underground campus. Perched on the ground floor above the laboratories is an expansive green space dedicated for the residents where they can grow their own vegetation and enjoy the natural breezes that flow through the porous structure. Above the green space portion is a large internal void carved out of the massing of the building which most of the program such as the hotel, residential units, greenhouse, library and private studies are nestled around. This void is punctuated by a series of light wells which penetrate down into the science labs providing additional daylight for the researchers along with a visual connection between the working spaces below grade and the living spaces above grade.
The Preservation as Provocation Competition Jury consisted Mehrdad Hadighi, State University of New York at Buffalo; Kiel Moe, Northeastern University; & David Woodcock, Texas A&M University
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