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  5. Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
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  7. Chaparral Science Hall / Yazdani Studio

Chaparral Science Hall / Yazdani Studio

  • 01:00 - 5 April, 2010
Chaparral Science Hall / Yazdani Studio
Chaparral Science Hall / Yazdani Studio, © Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Northridge, California, United States
  • Architects

    Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
  • Design Principal

    Mehrdad Yazdani
  • Principal In Charge

    Craig Hamilton
  • Senior Designers

    Craig Booth + Philip Ra
  • Project Architects

    Jessica Yi + Larry Taniguichi
  • Project Manager

    Martha Ball
  • Planning Principal

    Tom Harvath
  • Ffe

    Jack Poulin
  • Construction Administration

    Curtis Bywater
  • Budget

  • Area

    90000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. The building opened last fall and serves students from throughout the College of Science and Mathematics who have greater access to new and improved lecture halls on the first floor and computer labs throughout the building. The building is home to the Department of Biology’s office as well as much of the department’s offerings, including teaching and research activities. Chaparral Hall includes 18 research labs, nine introductory teaching labs and 13 lecture rooms in addition to a DNA sequencing lab and a microscopy suite. The building has two computer labs equipped with high-speed “hard wired” and wireless connections. The building also supports fiber optic data transmission required by high-bandwidth instruments like the new confocal and electron microscopes.

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© Timothy Hursley

The complex encompasses a four story outdoor lobby and plaza and a three-level outdoor public staircase which facilitates circulation to the teaching labs located on the upper floors, serves to orientate visitors, and promotes social interaction.

© Timothy Hursley
© Timothy Hursley

A plaza facing the Botanical Gardens offers the students quiet space for study and reflection. A continuous outdoor covered walkway enables pedestrian circulation around the facility while visually connecting the Science Complex and the campus.

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Vlad Stoica · April 06, 2010

This just seems like a poor effort. I would advise anyone who wants to see the future of the science center to check out Will Alsop's Blizard Building in Whitechapel, London. This one here is just a 70's concept with a worse-looking facade.

squidly · April 06, 2010

No coherent diagram; messy organization; badly detailed; clumsy circulation. And banal.

Ulises · April 29, 2010 08:50 AM

function adapted to form, in a bad way

jdcarling · April 06, 2010

Did I read $45million for this correctly.

blackstone · April 05, 2010

it's SO opaque-- needlessly so, it seems. rather banal if you ask me.

PatrickLBC · April 05, 2010

Generally a nice project, but I really object to the metal guardrails. It looks like a giant cheese grater! Like it would shred your arm off if you come down the stairs too fast :)

Architist · April 05, 2010

Fantastic project. I love the space oriented by the stairs, beautifully organised.


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