PJHM Architects constantly seeks to explore alternative, comprehensive approaches to design that unfold complexities and performative capacities from social, contextual and environmental factors without differentiating between process and materialization. This requires an understanding of form, trend, material, structure and environment not as divided aspects, but rather as versatile alliances that are rooted in and explored through fundamentally rigorous design processes.
Vertically and rooftop arrayed photovoltaic panels will provide 107% of the buildings net annual load, making this building net zero energy.
This project reflects the District’s educational program to provide a full middle school curriculum while also allowing for future flexibility. Sensitivity to the surrounding natural environment, as well as fostering student interaction were the driving forces behind the design concept.
As part of our ongoing Research & Development program, PJHM Architects is currently working with the University of California Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Thornton Tomasetti to develop alternative architectures in regard to optimizing wind velocity and renewable energy accumulation.