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Published on Sep 23, 2014
Watch a message from Lehrer Architects, designers of the Keck Center and restoration of the Tolman/Bacher House.
Location: Keck Institute for Space Studies California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California
Summary: A new home for the Keck Institute for Space Studies to define a sense of place, production, and purpose for the academic think tank. As well, a new home for the California Institute of Technology’s Board of Trustees.
Awards/Distinctions: 2014 LEED Platinum Certification United States Green Building Council
2014 Historic Preservation Award for Adaptive Use of the Tolman-Bacher House City of Pasadena Historic Preservation Committee
2014 Design Award West Side Urban Forum
2014 Merit Award for Excellence in Design The American Institute of Architects California Council
2014 Honor Award for Excellence in Design The American Institute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter
2014 Savings by Design Sustainability Award The American Institute of Architects Pasadena Foothill Chapter
Design Challenge: · Design and create an environment to facilitate a culture of creativity where scientists and academics from disparate disciplines from around the world meet periodically to contribute to a common cause · Design a hyper-flexible think tank environment that might morph several times a day in the same place · What kind of a designed environment will increase the participants’ comfort level, enabling them to drop inhibitions and collaborate? · Address the adaptation of the existing Tolman-Bacher House, a Mission-style structure or the addition of a new structure on a seemingly inadequate site area
Design Team: Architect: Lehrer Architects (www.lehrerarchitects.com) Interior & Environmental Concepts: Lehrer Architects Structural Engineers: John Labib and Associates Civil Engineer: Barbara L. Hall, PE, Inc. Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates Geotechnical Engineer: Geocon West, Inc. MEP Engineers: Westlake Reed Leskowsky Audio Visual Consultant: Media Systems Design Group
Video Production: Iryna Chatila, Jess Diep, Meg Rosenburg