The building is a 23,000sf showcase for
natural lighting and passive solar control. Glass enclosed pavilions
contain classrooms and meeting rooms. A translucent fiberglass skin
allows diffused light to enter the main multipurpose room.
Sweeping roofs and wood wall shutters protect occupants from glare and the
heat of direct sun radiation.
Working seamlessly with the architect’s
design intent, distinguishing structural characteristics of the building
include combining the use of distinct materials: exposed peeled wood pole
columns and steel frame elements. Because so much of the structure is
exposed, the design of the connections of these elements required special
detailing in both form and function.
The configuration of the building is a
four-sided ring surrounding an open courtyard. More than half of the
roofs and soffits on the structure slope three dimensionally such that the
ridges and eaves vary in elevation and are not parallel to each other.
The interior courtyard provides
additional activity space for the Senior Center program, and the building
is scaled to complement the residences across the street.