Housing an interdisciplinary research facility on the Stanford
University campus, this 10,000 sf building is a model of sustainable strategies for laboratories and offices. A double-height
lobby and gathering space on the south opens directly to the
outside plaza in good weather with large glazed operable
walls. Relying on natural daylighting and ventilation, the facil-
ity significantly reduces energy consumption over other campus offices and laboratories. Other sustainable strategies
include radiant slab heating and cooling systems, use of high-volume fly ash concrete, reduced carbon emissions, salvaged
and recycled materials, landscaping with drought-resistant
native plants and low-flow bathroom fixtures.
L+U consulted with the architects to design the
daylighting and shading. The upstairs office areas borrow light
from the roof monitor that brings daylight in through the length
of the circulation spine. Glazing on the roof monitor has integral horizontal blinds to control the direct sun penetration.
Open office areas are daylighted with both east windows and
light from the roof monitor. Closed study and conference areas
along the spine feature skylights and are connected to the
well-lighted circulation space with glass walls. Private offices
on the west side include shaded windows as well as borrowed
light from the roof monitor. Windows in these offices are locat-
ed adjacent to the side walls to provide visual comfort.
Scientists can work all day using only daylight in the offices,
relying on indirect/direct pendant lighting in the evenings.
In the laboratory areas on the ground floor, the thin floor plate
and flexible lab stations allow all lab benches to be daylighted through the east windows and with borrowed light through the
west closed lab areas. Interior light shelves and exterior
shades control the daylight contrast and distribution for the
closed lab spaces along the west wall. In both offices and laboratories, the interior finishes are light, including the ceilings
and exposed structural elements in order to keep the daylighting distribution even and the visual field comfortable for the
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Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
AIA San Francisco Chapter,
Excellence in Sustainability, 2005
Savings By Design, Energy Efficiency Integration Award, 2005
Light-colored finishes, light shelves, and an optimized furniture layout allow the laboratory to be daylit most of the year.