daly genik architects: ACCD south campus
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jul 11, 2011
daly genik architects: ACCD south campus

‘ACCD south campus’ by daly genik architects in pasadena, california, USA
all images courtesy daly genik architects
image © nic lehoux

‘ACCD south campus’ by santa monica-based practice daly genik architects is the first in a planned
series of buildings for the art center college of design in pasadena, california, USA. housed within
a former wind tunnel structure and, later, a kitchen appliance factory, the renovation project seeks
to simplify the original floor plan by spatially connecting the different elements of the building
as well as reflect the school’s history of innovation by using technological advances in both design
and engineering.

exterior view
image © benny chan / fotoworks

originally a consortium of five aircraft companies that housed the world’s first supersonic wind tunnels,
the structure was later taken over by the dacor corporation who utilized the central structure as its
main factory with additional work structures built around it. as a result, the building had very little
windows as well as access from the street. the new design features a series of three-dimensional skylights
that bright in light from the roof to naturally illuminate the classrooms and studios within. keeping in mind
the ideal light condition for drawing and design studio instructions, the system was created for filtered light
and environmental control. utilizing a series of compressors, three thin printed layers of a teflon-coated
polymer can be inflated or deflated to adjust the amount of light and heat entering the space below.
comprised of translucent ETFE films stretched on to a structural frame, the skylight system does not add
superfluous weight onto the roof.

street view
image © benny chan / fotoworks

to conserve the industrial identity of the building, the majority of the interior is minimally touched
with exposed elements throughout. to maximize the amount of sunlight gained from the skylights,
the circulation space is left open to overlook levels below, and partial-height wall units are utilized
within programs.

sky light from the street
image © benny chan / fotoworks

green roof
image © benny chan / fotoworks

entry at night
image © nic lehoux

interior view of entry
image © nic lehoux

class and gallery space
image © grant mudford

image © grant mudford

(left) studio space
(right) view of roof light

images © benny chan / fotoworks

image © benny chan / fotoworks

exterior view of courtyard
image © nic lehoux

exterior staircase
image © benny chan / fotoworks

roof level
(left) image © nic lehoux
image © benny chan / fotoworks

aerial view
image © benny chan / fotoworks

skylight diagram

project info:

principal-in-charge: kevin daly
design team: christopher genik, tomaso bradshaw, brian wickersham,
jared ward, jerome christensen, victor agran, krystal chang, adela ho,
mi sun lim, tom robinson, john martin, joshn kenin, susan benningfield,
ian ferguson, chia-hung wang, aaron whelton

MEP: ideas for the built environment
civil engineering: KFPP
structural engineering courtyard: gilsanz murray steficek
structural engineering building reinforcing: englekirk & sabol
structural engineering skylights: arup
landscape: nancy goslee power & associates
code consulting: schirmer engineering corporation
sustainability: loisos + ubbelohde
graphic design: bruce mau design, inc.
signage: hunt design associates
acoustics: mckay conant brook, inc.
AV: shen milson wilke/paoletti
contractor: turner special projects
construction management: lowe enterprises

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