you drive under the building you can look up through it and see the
open sky above. The oculus draws light into the circular lounge
space around it so that when you’re sitting in the area, it’s almost
like a vertical skylight.’
The other side of the building also features a grand atrium that runs
the whole length of the side of the building up to the sixth floor
and acts as a return air shaft. To control glare, the design team used
translucent panels on the lower floors and an architectural screen
on the top three levels. However, all the non-perimeter spaces have
full-height glazed partitions and more than 90 per cent of the areas
that are regularly occupied have views.
Daylight harvesting creates an inviting study environment while also
enabling daylight controls to manage the balance between natural
and artificial light, a crisp 4000K throughout. AES worked with
Teeple Architects and Proscenium Architecture + Interiors
from concept to final design and its lighting design won a 2017
Illumination Merit Award from the Illuminating Engineering Society.
‘Throughout the entire architectural planning process, our focus
was on advancing our sustainability goals through technological
innovations,’ says Wendy Lannard, director of facilities at the college.
The oculus draws light into the circular lounge
space around it like a vertical skylight