“I think this is a beautiful and humane building.”
– Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, DHS User Representative
STUDIOS’ design for the Department of Public Health office building conveys the public agency’s commitment to innovation, while continuing traditional civic typologies. Its large-scale linearity and extruded forms establish a common identity with its two existing companion structures while still making a unique visual statement. The entry courtyard, which features a sculpture garden with a sunken grass court and public seating, creates a significant and welcoming space for visitors and employees both through its architecture and its landscape. Beyond the entryway, a central atrium feeds natural light into the building, and serves as a community gathering space for numerous DPH functions ranging from group staff meetings to all-hands assemblies.
The DPH building is LEED EB-Silver. The design was used as a demonstration project for the State of California’s alternative sustainable design program — the “Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building Measures” (California Tier 1/ Tier 2 Measures) — prior to the State’s adoption of LEED.