A joint collaboration between Arrowstreet, Copley Wolff Design Group, and HTM Office/Madrid received the Merit Award in the 2018 Architecture at Zero design competition. This international competition presented by PG&E, San Francisco State University, and the AIA California Council challenged entrants to create a zero net energy bayside community education and visitor’s center, for SFSU’s Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies.

The team’s submission, titled Bay Area Transect, combines site-sensitive planning, zero-net energy design, and innovative placemaking strategies that include: passive and active landscape interventions that provide a variety of educational experiences, a protected tidal inlet that allows beginner kayakers to explore and connect with the coastal ecosystem, on-site solar, wind, and tidal renewable energy, and a tiered visitors center program that allows for passive ventilation measures to significantly reduce the energy required to ventilate the building. The thorough planning and design submission focused on a simple goal: to allow visitors to explore the coastal ecosystem as well as the sustainable technologies that power its preservation.

Arrowstreet’s Project Team Includes:
Lee Robert, Stephen Zuber, Cristina Desloges, and Kate Bubriski

To learn more about the annual competition, visit architectureatzero.com

Topics: Honors, Urban Design, Planning, Sustainability