HEAR FROM THE ARCHITECTS

"There was a very real and purposeful need in this building to provide ventilation without having to open a window."

– Jason E. Smith

3.1 Hybrid Performance Screen Panel

Is it possible to separate natural ventilation from views in order to provide passive thermal cooling without glare?

The screen's unique pattern emanates from the molecular structure of gallium nitride, a compound critical to the pioneering semi-conductor research at UCSB.

The mockup tested various design elements including building materials, ways to prevent bird roosting, and opening sizes modeled to effectively facilitate natural ventilation.