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This City College San Francisco Campus includes a 14-story and a 5-story building that collectively house a library, student services, administrative offices, 40 classrooms, a theatre, and a café. L+U designed the electric lighting to complement and augment the substantial contributions of daylight that are filtered by a horizontally louvered exterior screen.

In the late afternoon, lights gradually ramp up and transform the buildings, emphasizing the facades' transparency and the overall building massing to create a welcoming but controlled series of volumes while containing all uplight to prevent nighttime light pollution. The 3000k classroom lights along the facade are carefully positioned to provide a uniform uplight on the white ceilings at night - this accentuates the filigree character of the screened facade and reinforces the overall massing. The library and lobby, which occupy the bottom three floors, employ a different luminous vocabulary with large, luminous cubes providing ambient light and a warm, welcoming glow from the exterior. Meanwhile, high-powered stem-mounted projectors call attention to the stairs and provide a luminous hierarchy through the space that aides way-finding.

The Library fixtures backlight the glass facade and dynamically reveal activity behind the two-story silkscreened frit reproductions of ancient Chinese paintings and calligraphy. During the day, these lights gradually dim with daylight to reveal the images that makes connections between the goals of the college and the local Chinatown context.

In the classrooms, high-performance asymmetric linear fixtures accent the whiteboards and indirect/direct fixtures also take advantage of the daylight while providing flexible teaching spaces with scenes for classroom learning and presentations.


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ARCHITECT
EHDD Architecture
Barcelon + Jang

LOCATION
San Francisco, CA

 


Photos by Jeremy Bittermann.