UC School of Earth Science

← Back to the Portfolio

Project Name: UC Research School of Earth Science
Designed By: Dena Hamed
Building Type: Educational
Location: San Francisco, California, USA

The UC Research School of Earth Sciences Building was my final year thesis project for the Master of (design) Architecture degree. Students are given an academic year in which they must choose a building site anywhere in the world, a building type, research and generate a brief for a hypothetical project. They are then required to detail and present their projects to a marking panel with the use of Powerpoint presentations, graphic boards, models and animations.

The UC Research School of Earth Sciences, San Francisco, California, aims to break the boundaries of conventional laboratory architecture whilst providing the functional and performance requirements for its building type.
It is estimated that typical laboratory buildings consume 5-10 times more energy than office building of a similar size. The building aims to combat high energy use with the use of a solar collecting roof. The form is modified to maximise solar UV radiation from the south all year round – minimising solar energy downturn during winter.

The panels are made of  nano-solar panels that have the ability to generate 350MW every year – half the energy generated from the Alta Wind Farm in California. Green space is also used to enhance the internal atmosphere as well as providing a physical connection with the research performed in the building.

The building revolves around four subject departments;

  • Geoscience
  • Applied Environmental Science
  • Marine & Wildlife Management
  • Physical & Quaternary Geography

The building contains both generic and specialised laboratories, store rooms and teaching classrooms specifically located in plan depending on their natural light and ventilation requirements compared to their mechanical light and ventilation requirements.

Programs Used: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Vasari, 3DS Max for rendering with Mental Ray and Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator

  • Date: 2011
  • Client: University of California (hypothetical)
  • Filed under: Academic