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Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation / LMS Architects

  • 18:00 - 1 December, 2016
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation / LMS Architects
Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation  / LMS Architects, © Tim Griffith
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  • Architects

  • Location

    United States, Space Sciences Laboratory at University of California, 7 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA
  • Category

  • Area

    24000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Construction Manager

    The KSD Group Inc.
  • Structural Engineer

    Forell / Elsesser Engineers Inc.
  • Civil Engineer

    BKF Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Cliff Lowe Associates
  • MEP Design Engineer

    Integral Group
  • Waterproofing

    Simpson Gumpertz Hager
  • Acoustical Engineering

    Charles Salter Associates
  • General Contractor

    Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction
  • Client

    UC Berkeley College of Engineering
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Text description provided by the architects. The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation is devoted to introducing design innovation at the center of university life, preparing students to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. The project is a team-based, project-centric educational space and a compelling symbol to the region of the University’s commitment to sustainable innovation.  

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Built and operated by the UC Berkeley College of Engineering, the Jacobs Institute fosters interdisciplinary engagement across the University, welcoming undergraduate students from other departments, inventors, tinkerers and over thirty student clubs to an environment of creativity, collaboration and innovation.

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The tiny corner site, formerly a volleyball court, lies at the northern edge of campus within a diverse context.  Two 4-story engineering buildings border the site on the west and south while an existing two-level basement underlies nearly a third of the site.  A variety of residential buildings line the street to the north. 


The compact building makes efficient use of its tight urban site, cantilevering over the existing basement while retaining a south-facing solar court.  Large, flexible design studios are bordered by project rooms, instructor’s offices and fabrication equipment rooms with a variety of rapid prototyping tools.  Transparency and overlooks reveal the hum of creative activity within. The south wall opens to the sun for optimal daylighting and passive solar benefit, connecting to the adjacent Wozniak Terrace and the campus beyond.

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At the exterior, the building presents a new threshold to the UC campus – a “beacon of innovation” that communicates the values of the Institute and the University.  Glassy stairs project outward, glowing after dark to welcome visitors from the campus to the south. A cantilevered photovoltaic array ascends to the north, expressing the ecological values of the Institute to the University and the public. The array provides 58% of the building’s energy, reducing total building energy by 90%.

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Cite: "Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation / LMS Architects" 01 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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