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The renovation of the Linde + Robinson Laboratory for Global Environmental Science achieved LEED platinum certification and is the lowest-energy research lab in the United States.  The 1934 building was originally designed as academic offices and classrooms, but also as an astronomical instrument of building scale.  Renowned artist, architect, engineer, and instrument designer Russell Porter created the Robinson Coelostat as an integral part of the original building and it stands as the precedent for all modern solar telescopes operating today.  

Loisos + Ubbelohde reactivate and automate the coelostat. The coelostat is now used to provide daylight into underground laboratories, supply a beam of light for scientific experimentation, and create a large real time projected image of the sun visible in the main corridor of the building. Loisos + Ubbelohde designed and fabricated the optics and light fixtures for the project.

axonThe coelostat directs a 24" diameter column of light to the basement of the building, illuminating eight solar light fixtures and providing a free beam of light for scientific research.

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Architectural Resources Group, Inc.

Pasadena, CA
Occupied, 2012AWARDS
Project of the Year, USGBC|LA Chapter, 2012

Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, 2012

Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Award, 2012  

USGBC LEED Platinum, 2012

Green Building Award, 42nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, Los Angeles Business Council, 2012

2009 AIA East Bay Unbuilt Merit Design Award for Coelostat Re-Activation

fixtureAbove and below: Image of the sun on display in the library.

historic section