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PROJECT DETAILS
DESIGN ARCHITECT
Atelier Hitoshi Abe
EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT
House & Robertson Architects Inc.
FABRICATION/PROJECT
Manager/installation of skylights:
Eide Industries Inc.
General contractor:
Taslimi Construction Co. Inc.
FABRICS
Sheerfill® V PTFE-coated glass fiber
[exterior]; Fabrasorb® 1A PTFE-coated
glass fiber [interior], both from
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.

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he Terasaki Research Institute is a nonprofit
organization founded by the late Dr. Paul I.
Terasaki, a pioneer of modern procedures that
minimize organ transplant rejections. It is
affiliated with nearby University of California, Los
Angeles (UCLA) and located in the tony Westwood
Village neighborhood. A two-story building for the
research center, completed in mid-2017, was designed
by the internationally famed Japanese architecture
firm Atelier Hitoshi Abe. An architect and structural
engineer of note, Dr. Hitoshi Abe once served as chair
of the UCLA architecture program and maintains
offices in both L.A. and Japan.
Inside, two full-height atria are capped by
translucent, tensegrity conical fabric skylights that
serve as centerpieces to the interior of the center.
During the day, these courtyards-ground-level
lounges with randomly placed sofas-bring natural
light into the offices and flex-meeting areas that
surround them. Descending oculi, with mirror finishes,
focus strong sunlight into the depth of the multistory
building, infusing the atria-cubic volumes incised
with numerous square openings revealing offices
or meeting places-and warming the space where
researchers can relax and decompress between focused
inquiry sessions.
Each skylight is a complex system of suspension
cables, stay cables, perimeter frame, center frame,
waterproof top membrane (upward rising cones capped
by Plexiglas® domes), non-combustible fabric bottom
layer (descending cones sealed with mirrored oculi)
and integrated RGB programmable LED lights. The
plexi oculus "lens" on each inside cone is treated with a
metalized coating for a mirror finish; the rooftop lenses
are painted a flat white to diffuse the incoming light.
This project was an Outstanding Achievement
winner in IFAI's 2018 International Achievement
Awards competition. -B.W.


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