The new Brower Center in Berkeley
The lobby, entered from Allston Street, is dignified and devoid of statements that scream green. Natural materials with neutral tones are dominant, but artworks shown in an exhibition space off the lobby may provide colorful accents.
The glazed area visible in the upper right corner of the image below is on the second floor where doors open to a landscaped terrace.
The decorative panel shown above suspended below the ceiling conceals acoustic panels. It is made of recycled cypress wood slats woven in a traditional Japanese pattern.
Originally, there were to have been two elevators, but the Brower Center’s founder and president, Peter Buckley, decided to lower energy consumption by turning one of the elevators into a stairway. The architects cut openings into the stairway’s concrete, wood and steel enclosure to allow the sight of people ascending and descending the stairs to animate the view from the lobby.