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The three-story, 40,000 sf Solar Energy Research Center is located on the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab campus and designed for scientists developing solar-driven chemical converters that will create transportation fuels from water and carbon dioxide. Research focuses on advanced nanomaterials for use in solar light collectors and electrodes, a new generation of catalysts for energy-efficient chemistry, and specialized soft and hard membranes for integrating the light harvesting, charge separating and fuel forming components.

The facility includes laboratory and office spaces, as well as research support and meeting areas. Loisos + Ubbelohde designed the daylighting, shading and electrical lighting, including innovative lighting controls for the laboratory spaces and the exterior lighting for the landscaped plaza.


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Berkeley, CA

Occupied, 2015

USGBC LEED Gold Certification

Green Good Design Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design Awards, 2015





Image of completed laboratory space

Radiance simulation of electrical lighting design in laboratory.

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Image of completed lobby space


Sun study of lobby.

Completed Images by Bruce Damonte, courtesy of SmithGroup