Henley Hall is the new home for UC Santa Barbara's Institute for Energy Efficiency and supports their research mission to develop breakthrough technologies that save energy while advancing the standard of living worldwide. Recently, Henley Hall received the Gold Medal from AIA Philadelphia.
Integrated to Site
Henley Hall's design seeks to forge a strong connection to its stunning natural surroundings. Fronted by a deep brise soleil and a grove of flowering African tuliptrees that shade outdoor workspaces, it builds on Santa Barbara's fabric of low-rise massing and rich materials in harmony with the landscape.
A Building that Breathes
Henley Hall's massing is bifurcated along programmatic lines to optimize energy use. This program organization gathers sensitive and tightly controlled laboratory spaces in the west wing and orients offices, classrooms, and gathering spaces around a three-story, open-air atrium.
Labs with a View
Unlike traditional, inward-facing and opaque research spaces, the labs in Henley Hall take great advantage of their stunning surroundings. This LEED Platinum laboratory facility looks out to the Santa Ynez mountains and toward the future by incorporating open-ceiling infrastructure so researchers can reconfigure lab spaces as needed.