Launch Slideshow

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law South Addition

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law South Addition

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    The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law’s new addition is cleverly inserted into the courtyard of their existing building. The entrance is at street level and the rest of the new building occupies four-stories below grade.

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    A view of the roof garden. Pedestrian-scale illuminated columns with 32W T8 lamps meet the 1 footcandle minimum for the egress path requirements.

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    In the plaza area adjacent to the new building’s entrance, pole mounted luminaires with 70W T6 metal halide sources coordinate with the spacing of the trees. The stairs use an LED-illuminated handrail. The frosted glass light wells are backlit with accessible dimmable fluorescents.

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    In the café, 2W LED striplights graze the back terracotta wall. Staggered-spaced 32W T8 lensed fluorescent fixtures are located in the wood ceiling, and glass pendants with a 26W triple-tube compact fluorescent lamp provide a decorative accent to the space.

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    The order and cash register area of the café.

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    In the distance learning lecture hall the ceiling and walls are illuminated by 20W LED downlights and 7.6W LED covelights. Recessed 54W T5HO fluorescent wallwashers at the lectern have full range preset dimming. The combination provides 30 footcandles at the work surface.

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    The front face of the reference desk is lit with 2W LEDs. Decorative pendants with 75W incandescent lamps create an accent feature above, and 26W BT5 square aperture compact fluorescent downlights provide ambient illumination.

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    The building’s main feature stair is illuminated with a combination of custom amber and white LEDs. With the use of photosensors and programmed presets, the 0.5W LEDs change color and intensity­from white to warm­as the day progresses. 

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    Because the reading room sits below grade and is primarily lit by day with natural light, the designers were mindful of placing fixtures along the perimeter of the space to provide the right balance of natural and electric light.

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    Reading rooms, located two floors below grade, are made to feel bright and airy with the use of 32W T8 fluorescent cove fixtures, 20W LED downlights and additional illumination from the feature stair. New contemporary-styled carrel lighting complements the refurbished antique carrels.

 

To remain competitive in the drive to attract the brightest students and the best faculty, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law knew it needed to expand its facilities. Inserted into the school's existing courtyard, the new addition houses a café, library stack space, reading and seminar rooms, computer labs, library staff offices, and collection services on four floors. Large skylights and open stairways bring abundant daylight into the addition's two subterranean levels, while the roof garden provides outdoor seating with a connection to the library's main reading room and a footbridge to the Steinhart Courtyard. The architects, Ratcliff, charged Auerbach Glasow French with designing a lighting scheme that would use low-maintenance sources in an unobtrusive way to create a comfortable environment for students.

Throughout the project, the designers combined LED accents with fluorescent fixtures to provide general illumination and highlight certain architectural elements. For example, in the lower-level reading rooms, CFL pendants and recessed T8s create an inviting study environment, while LED strips graze a terra-cotta feature wall. In a central glass-enclosed staircase, which is lit with LED handrails and frosted glass, light wells are backlit with dimmable fluorescent fixtures. Photosensors and programmed presets enable the LEDs to change color and intensity as the day progresses, drawing all eyes to this feature.

Jury Comments: A beautiful job that shows a deft understanding of light and is well orchestrated throughout. • Nice to see LEDs used architecturally.