In the heart of San Diego’s Torrey Pines scientific research area is a new three-story campus. The two-building complex revises the existing facilities that comprise Torrey Pines Science Park, creating an opportunity to realign and simplify vehicular/pedestrian circulation, improving accessibility across the seven-building campus. The striking design of cast-in-place concrete, monolithic glass, natural wood and raw metal create a retreat-like setting for innovative research.
The campus is oriented to embrace the easterly canyon views. A green roof provides uninterrupted views of the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Visitors are greeted by a soaring steel canopy with integrated photovoltaics that connects the two buildings, memorable walkways, outdoor conferencing and numerous event spaces. An expansive three-story glass lobby floods the space with natural daylight. Other building amenities include an outdoor plaza with terraced seating, green roof, and underground parking.
In addition to the green roof and solar panels, this LEED project leverages many sustainable architectural features. A large canopy shades the south-facing glass, reducing heat gain. Steel and concrete materials contain high levels of recycled content. Recycled water irrigation, low-water-use plants, and low-flow plumbing fixtures promote water conservation.