Architecture

Los Angeles school gets a giant solar wall

Los Angeles school gets a gian...
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles, features a dramatic external solar wall
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles, features a dramatic external solar wall
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles, features a dramatic external solar wall
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles, features a dramatic external solar wall
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles
The new public school for 500 students provides a bright and creative space for teenage learning
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The new public school for 500 students provides a bright and creative space for teenage learning
Created by US architectural firm Brooks + Scarpa, the recently completed Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles
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Created by US architectural firm Brooks + Scarpa, the recently completed Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
The school is characterized by its large south facing façade, covered with 650 solar panels
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The school is characterized by its large south facing façade, covered with 650 solar panels
These panels limit the need for additional interior lighting and air conditioning
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These panels limit the need for additional interior lighting and air conditioning
650 solar panels capture approximately 75% of the energy needed to power the school
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650 solar panels capture approximately 75% of the energy needed to power the school
The architects chose to move away from creating a traditional large block-like structure and have instead chosen to build the school around a large internal courtyard
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The architects chose to move away from creating a traditional large block-like structure and have instead chosen to build the school around a large internal courtyard
The design allows staff members to control how much light or heat can enter the building by simply adjusting the angle of each panel
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The design allows staff members to control how much light or heat can enter the building by simply adjusting the angle of each panel
The design allows staff members to control how much light or heat can enter the building by simply adjusting the angle of each panel
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The design allows staff members to control how much light or heat can enter the building by simply adjusting the angle of each panel
Ribbed screens have been installed which visually connects the school with its external environment
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Ribbed screens have been installed which visually connects the school with its external environment
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
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Green Dot Animo Leadership High School by architects Brooks + Scarpa
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Created by U.S. architectural firm Brooks + Scarpa, the recently completed Green Dot Animo Leadership High School in Inglewood, Los Angeles, wears its green heart very much on its sleeve. The new public school for 500 students is characterized by a large south facing façade covered with 650 solar panels, which not only help shield the building from the sun but also capture an estimated 75 percent of the energy needed to power the school.

According to Brooks + Scarpa the school’s combined sustainable strategies “will reduce carbon emissions by over 3 million pounds (1.36 million kilograms),” which translates to the equivalent of the annual emissions from more than 1000 cars.

In a design that also incorporates passive solar principles, the architects chose to move away from creating a traditional large block-like structure, instead choosing to build the school around a large internal courtyard. Benefiting from the Californian temperate climate, this landscape naturally makes its way into the school’s protected open-air lobby. This design helps to improve the amount of natural light and ventilation that can enter the structure, limiting the need for additional interior lighting and air conditioning.

Where the exterior is not covered with solar panels, ribbed screens have been installed which visually connects the school with its external environment and enable staff members to control how much light can enter the building.

The 53,500 square foot (4970 sq m) Green Dot school was completed at a cost of US$17.3 million.

Source: Brooks + Scarpa via Archdaily

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2 comments
Sheryl Hamlin
This is gorgeous and useful. How often have I cringed when well meaning owners attach solar panels to their roofs disjointedly jarring the visuals of the home particularly when placed over tiles or when I see miles and miles of pristine desert obliterated with solar panels. But this plan augments the visuals and produces economic value. Bravo.
billybob1851
nice!