Energy Biosciences Building


The landscape design for this LEED Gold candidate project provides a one acre park-like setting for both this cutting edge alternative energy research facility and also the community. The $130 million project adds a significant open space to downtown Berkeley and aligns with the city of Berkeley's goals for downtown renewal. To navigate the eleven-foot elevation change between sidewalk and building, a system of sculpted pathways carves into the landscape, creating an entry sequence through drought-tolerant native meadow planting. The undulating pattern fades in and out, suggesting grasses in the wind. Many of the grasses used in the research are also on display as part of a demonstration garden in the upper terrace. The landscape design negotiates between the creation of a public place and the need for security with thoughtfully zoned areas for gathering. The lower bicycle corridor and public plaza connect downtown Berkeley and the university campus.

Constructed, 2012