Residential Life Resource Center, University of California Santa Barbara. Work done while at Blackbird Architects, Santa Barbara, CA
An office building on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara for workers serving the residential student body. Targeted for LEED gold certification, the building uses both active and passive strategies to eliminate cooling from all occupied spaces, and opens up to its park-like site within a coastal eucalyptus woodland. Both extensive and intensively planted green roofs provide nesting habitat for native birds and pollinating insects, as well as softening the building mass from taller buildings around it. Within a strictly modern architectural expression, each elevation is uniquely tuned to its solar orientation, views, and the activities within. The project was approved for construction before being cancelled as a result of a campus wide masterplanning decision.